The Twins' season-high sixth straight win pulled them two games over .500 for the first time since July 22, when Kyle Gibson pitched them to a win over the Tigers at Target Field. Gibson didn't last through the fifth inning Friday, but his run support helped the bullpen carry it through.
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Both Twins homers came off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (3-3), who has yielded seven homers over his last two starts after surrendering five over his first eight since rejoining Detroit's rotation. Brian Dozier hit an RBI triple and Kepler added more insurance with an RBI single in the seventh, helping send the Tigers to their sixth loss in their last seven games. Joe Mauer hit a two-run single in the ninth, giving him, Rosario and Kepler three hits apiece as part of Minnesota's 16-hit attack.
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Buxton with turnaround catch: Miguel Cabrera delivered one of the hardest-hit line drives of his struggling second half, a 109-mph liner that turned Byron Buxton around in deep center. Buxton not only recovered, however, but he ran down the drive for a diving catch just in front of the warning track for the second out of the fourth inning.
Kepler gets two: Three innings after Kepler drove in two runs, he denied the Tigers two and thwarted Detroit's comeback attempt. John Hicks came within feet of a game-tying three-run homer, but Kepler made a leaping catch at the right-field fence. Nicholas Castellanos made a late try to scramble back to second base and tag up, allowing Kepler to relay the ball to Dozier, who threw Castellanos out easily at third to end the inning.
Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.
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