MLB: Minnesota 8, Detroit 2

April 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, April 4 (UPI) -- Home runs Thursday by John Willingham and Trevor Plouffe erased an early deficit and helped the Minnesota Twins to an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Willingham tucked a two-run shot into the first row of seats beyond left-center field in the third inning for a 2-2 tie that Plouffe broke the next inning with a drive off the second-deck facing in left.

The home runs came off Rick Porcello (0-1) and helped Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (1-0) collect the win. Pelfrey was charged with both Detroit runs but both came as the result of Minnesota errors and were unearned. He allowed five hits and walked two over 5 1/3 innings.

Torii Hunter got the first Detroit RBI on a fielder's choice and Miguel Cabrera singled in Hunter in the third.

After the Twins' home runs wiped out that lead, Minnesota put the game away with a five-run eighth that included back-to-back, two-run hits from Pedro Florimon and Aaron Hicks.

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