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                    === Tigers rally to take down Twins ===
 
 Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter stroked a go-ahead, two-run double
 as  part of  a four-run seventh inning  and the Detroit Tigers ran away with a
 7-1  victory  over the  Minnesota Twins on  Wednesday in the  middle test of a
 three-game series at Comerica Park.
 
 Victor  Martinez capped  the two-out  rally with  a run-scoring  double, while
 Miguel Cabrera put the game away in the eighth with a bases-loaded double that
 plated all three runners to help the Tigers to their third win in four games.
 
 Drew  Smyly (5-0) earned the victory after retiring all three hitters he faced
 in relief of starter Anibal Sanchez, who struck out eight over 6 2/3 frames of
 one-run ball.
 
 Jose  Veras recorded the final out of the eighth before spinning a 1-2-3 ninth
 to secure his 20th save of the season.
 
 Minnesota starter Kevin  Correia (8-10)  held the AL Central leaders scoreless
 over  the  first six frames, but  was charged for  all four runs -- two earned
 -- in the decisive seventh inning.
 
 "That's  the position you're  trying to get yourself in, a one-run lead in the
 seventh  with  two outs. You  end up giving up  four runs it's tough," Correia
 lamented. "You pitch well and you have nothing to show for it really."
 
 Brian  Dozier  knocked in the  lone run  for the Twins,  who have lost five of
 their last six games.
 
 Neither  starter budged over the six frames, but Sanchez issued a two-out walk
 to Pedro Florimon in the seventh that proved costly, as Florimon swiped second
 and scored when Dozier followed with a base hit to center for a 1-0 lead.
 
 Detroit answered in the home half, as Bryan Holaday and Austin Jackson smacked
 back-to-back two-out singles to keep the frame alive.
 
 Hunter  then  punched a double the  opposite way into the gap in right-center,
 allowing Holaday and Jackson to cross the plate for a 2-1 lead.
 
 "My  job up  there is to get a pitch  I can handle and put a good swing on it,
 and  whatever  develops after that, you  can't control," Hunter said. "I put a
 good swing on the ball and it developed into a double."
 
 After  intentionally walking  Cabrera, Correia  was lifted  in place  of Caleb
 Thielbar,  who got  Prince Fielder to swing  and miss at strike three, but the
 high, inside pitch evaded catcher Ryan Doumit and skipped to the backstop.
 
 Doumit  got  to the ball  and fired  to first, but  Fielder beat the throw and
 Hunter,  who never stopped running on the play, scored all the way from second
 to make it 3-1.
 
 Martinez  followed  with a line-drive double  off the left-field wall to score
 Cabrera for a 4-1 cushion.
 
 After Smyly and Veras combined on a perfect eighth, the Tigers tacked on three
 more in the home half to put the game out of reach.
 
 Omar  Infante stroked a leadoff single and Jackson came through with a two-out
 base  hit  before Hunter followed with  a sharp grounder to second that Dozier
 couldn't  handle,  allowing Jackson  to slide  into second  safely to load the
 bases.
 
 Cabrera  made Minnesota  pay for the miscue, ripping a bases-clearing hit into
 the left-field corner.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Detroit  improved  to 9-6 against  the Twins this  season ... Correia has lost
 four  of  his last five  decisions ... Minnesota  catcher Joe Mauer missed his
 second straight game after being scratched from Tuesday's contest when he felt
 dizziness  during batting  practice ... Detroit finished 3-for-13 with runners
 in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/22 00:11:59 ET