Tigers take down Twins 9-4, Dozier hits 30th homer

Published 8:11 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Justin Upton added a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday night.

Matt Boyd (5-2) tied his career-high with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his fifth straight decision.

Cabrera had his fifth four-hit game of the season and was a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with a deep blast to straightaway center field in the first inning.

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Brian Dozier hit his career-high 30th homer for Minnesota, but starter Tyler Duffey (8-10) allowed six runs in three innings as the Twins lost their sixth straight.

Upton was in the midst of a 1-for-30 stretch and had seen his average dip to .226 when Tigers manager Brad Ausmus backed off him. Upton saw action in two of three games but didn’t start.

He has two hits in each of the past four games, and has three three-run home runs in that span after going 17 straight games without a homer.

With Upton back contributing, Detroit has scored 27 runs in the past three games.

Cabrera doubled deep off the right field wall for an RBI to start a five-run fifth. J.D. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single that scored Cabrera.

Upton followed with a hard-hit liner off the facing of the second deck in left field for his 16th home run.

Since being recalled to start on July 9, Boyd is 5-0 with a 2.39 ERA.

Dozier became the first Twin since Josh Willingham in 2012 to reach the 30-homer plateau, and he leads the majors with 22 home runs since June 25. Robbie Grossman added his ninth home run for Minnesota.

Duffey’s issues remained, though. He’s allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven starts.