Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run in the
eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-6, in the
opener of a four-game series at Comerica Park.
With one out in the inning and runners on first and second, Fielder hit an
infield single off Jared Burton (0-2), scoring Omar Infante, who singled to
begin the frame.
Miguel Cabrera had a two-run home run and drove in three while Fielder drove
in two runs for the Tigers, who have won three straight.
Detroit starter Rick Porcello surrendered five runs on 10 hits and a walk in
five frames. Joaquin Benoit (1-0) pitched a flawless eighth and Jose Valverde
was perfect in the ninth to notch his fifth save.
Josh Willingham had two home runs and four RBI while Joe Mauer and Brian
Dozier drove in a run apiece for the Twins, who have lost nine straight games.
Starter Scott Diamond gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3
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