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Twins Finally Beat Verlander, Edge Tigers 2-1

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 9: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers lays off the high pitch before hitting a single later in his at-bat against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning at Comerica Park on May 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – MAY 9: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers lays off the high pitch before hitting a single later in his at-bat against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning at Comerica Park on May 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Phil Hughes pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Minnesota Twins beat Justin Verlander for the first time in over four years, 2-1 on Friday night.

Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run single off Verlander (4-2) in the seventh to lift Minnesota. Hughes (4-1) allowed eight hits in his fourth consecutive win.

Hughes threw 86 pitches, and then gave way to the bullpen. Casey Fien pitched the eighth, and Glen Perkins allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Verlander allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings

The injury-plagued Twins snapped a three-game losing streak. Star first baseman Joe Mauer sat out a fifth straight game. He’s been dealing with back spasms.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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