MINNEAPOLIS — P.J. Walters went toe-to-toe with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, the triple crown chaser who has dominated the American League this season.
Casey Fien didn’t have quite the same luck.
Cabrera eighth-inning home run gave the Tigers a five-run cushion they would end up needing and Justin Verlander struck out eight in seven innings in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday that gave them a two-game lead in the AL Central.
After going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Walters (2-5), Cabrera drove the first pitch he saw from Fien just over the left field wall for a three-run homer. Andy Dirks followed with a solo shot three batters later for a 6-0 lead.