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MLB: Detroit 8, Minnesota 4
Andy Dirks socked a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning Tuesday and the Detroit Tigers went on to an 8-4 victory over Minnesota.
With the score tied 4-4 in the sixth, Dirks launched a one-out pitch from Brian Duensing over the right field wall, putting the Tigers ahead to stay.
Miguel Cabrera added run-scoring hits in the seventh and ninth innings to provide some insurance for Detroit, which evened its three-game series.
Dirks finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Austin Jackson, Delmon Young and Gerald Laird delivered RBI for the Tigers.
Doug Fister (7-7) surrendered four unearned runs on five hits over eight innings to collect the victory. He walked two and struck out seven.
Second-place Detroit stayed two games behind the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox with the win.
Duensing (2-8) was roughed up for five runs on eight hits over six frames.
Josh Willingham belted a three-run homer for the Twins, his career-high 30th blast of the season.
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