Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers pours ice water on teammate Torii Hunter #48 after a win in the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 16, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS (DFP) - Torii Hunter had three RBIs and clubbed his 300th career home run, at of all places, in Minneapolis, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-2, today.
Doug Fister didn't allow a baserunner until he walked Ryan Doumit with two outs in the fourth. But he got Justin Morneau to ground out to second and end the inning.
Fister (6-4) lost his no-hit bid in the sixth inning, when he gave up a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier. But from there, he retired the next eight batters he faced, including four by strikeout, but Dozier came back up in the eighth with a two-out double down the leftfield line. Pedro Florimon then drew a walk, ending Fister's day.
The Tigers starter, who has had little run support this season, struck out seven and threw 110 pitches. He was relieved by Joaquin Benoit, who gave up an RBI single to former Tiger Clete Thomas, cutting the lead to two. The next hitter, Joe Mauer, lined out to center, where Austin Jackson made the catch while running in to end the inning.
Benoit, and not Jose Valverde, came on in the ninth to protect the three-run lead. The first hitter, Ryan Doumit hit a grounder to the right of second baseman Omar Infante, who fielded, wheeled and threw to first, where Victor Martinez (who got the start in the field today) made a nice pick for the first out. Justin Morneau flied out to center and Oswaldo Arcia struck out to end the game, giving Benoit his fourth save of the season.
After the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Fox Sports Detroit's postgame show that he stayed with Benoit in the ninth because he liked Benoit's reportoire against the Twins hitters coming up more than Valverde's.
Jackson opened the first inning with a single to left. Then after Jackson stole second, Hunter hit a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left for his third home run of the season.
Hunter spent the first 11 years of this career with the Twins and hit 192 home runs for them as was twice named an All-Star in Minnesota (2002, 2007).
In the fourth, after Alex Avila (two hits) reached on a single, Jackson unloaded for a two-run homer that landed in the second deck in leftfield.
Twins starter P.J. Walters (2-2) was chased after 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out four. In the sixth, he walked Jhonny Peralta to start the inning and, with one out, gave up a bunt single to Infante (two hits). The Twins then brought in Anthony Swarzak to pitch and he struck out Avila on a full count pitch as the runners were going. Peralta was then thrown out at the third.
In the ninth, with Infante on first and one out, Avila was hit by a Brian Duensing pitch in the left wrist area. Avila had to come out of the game and was replaced by Brayan Pena. Then with two outs, Hunter and Josh Roenicke battle in a 12-pitch at bat, but Hunter won it with an RBI ground-rule double to left-center.