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MLB: Minnesota 4, Detroit 2

Sept. 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer in the seventh Friday and delivered a two-run double in the eighth to bring Minnesota a 4-2 win over Detroit.

The fireworks from Doumit ended the Tigers' four-game winning streak and cut their lead over the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central to a single game.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie through six innings before reliever Phil Coke gave up Doumit's 17th homer of the season. That blast came after Justin Morneau had reached on a fielding error by Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder.

Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe then committed a fielding error in the Detroit eighth that allowed Austin Jackson to reach base and Omar Infane followed with a home run that tied the game.

The Twins jumped back in front in the bottom of the eighth when Brayan Villarreal (3-5) walked the bases loaded, one of them intentional, and gave up Doumit's two-run double.

Doumit has 71 RBI this season, a career best.

Jared Burton (3-1), who recorded the final two outs in the eighth in relief of starter Scott Diamond, was credited with the win. Glen Perkins came on in the ninth to collect his 16th save.

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