The Tigers got another strong start from Doug Fister and Torii Hunter provided the offense driving in three runs they beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. It was a much needed road series win for the Tigers who had not won a road series since they won two out of two over Cleveland on May 21st and 22nd.
Doug Fister was fantastic once again as he picked up his sixth win of the season. He carried a no hitter into the sixth inning before it was broken up by a Ryan Doumit lead-off home run. On the day Fister allowed two runs on two hits and struck out seven while pitching two outs into the eighth inning. It was the fifth straight start where Fister went at least seven innings. To end the game and preserve the win Manager Jim Leyland went a different route as he called on Joaquin Benoit to get the final four outs, which he did to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The offense for the Tigers came by way of the long ball. Torii Hunter got Detroit on the board in the first inning with a two run home run. It was the 300th home run of his career for Hunter. Austin Jackson provided two more runs with a fourth inning two run home run. The Tigers final run came in the eighth inning when Hunter doubled home another run for his third RBI of the day.
The Tigers now will head home for a long nine game home stand against Baltimore, Boston and the Los Angeles Angels. Game one of the home stand against Baltimore is Monday night at 7:08 as Max Scherzer will make the start looking for his 10th win of the season.