Cabrera, Upton homer to lead Tigers over Twins

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera
Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera rounds the base path on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

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.

PARKING IT

A tough first season for Byung Ho Park in North America came to a frustrating early finish.

Park, who has been in the minor leagues since late June, will undergo right wrist surgery on Thursday. Park, 30, had been dealing with an injured wrist through much of the season and it recently has worsened. The injury is to a tendon in the back of his hand, manager Paul Molitor said. He will remain in Minnesota until the end of the season before returning to South Korea.

Park, a two-time MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization, hit .191 with 12 home runs and 24 RBIs in 62 games for the Twins after signing a four-year, $12 million contract in December. He opened the season as the everyday designated hitter and played 24 games at first base.

He had only hit .224 with 10 homers and 19 RBIs in 31 Triple-A games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (re-aggravation of a neck injury) threw in the bullpen before Wednesday’s game and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday. He is scheduled to make three rehab starts before returning to the rotation. Zimmermann had returned from a previous injury on Aug. 4 only to be shut down again. . RHP Mike Pelfrey (lower back strain) threw a 50-pitch simulated game on Wednesday.

Twins: LHP Hector Santiago will have his next turn in the rotation delayed because of a bruised thumb on his left hand. Santiago is 0-4 with a 10.89 ERA in four starts with Minnesota after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Los Angeles Angels for Ricky Nolasco. LHP Pat Dean will take Santiago’s spot and start Friday at Toronto.

UP NEXT

The series concludes with LHP Daniel Norris (1-2, 3.81) taking the mound for Detroit against right-hander Jose Berrios (2-3, 9.28). Norris has made three starts since coming off the DL with a strained right oblique, losing to Boston in his last start. Berrios has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts, surrendering 14 earned runs in 11 innings.

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