Peralta, Scherzer lift Tigers over Twins, 8-2

By Jon Krawczynski

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Minnesota Twins pitcher Brian Duensing reacts in the Twins dugout after get pulled during the fifth inning after giving up a double to Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta in a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2011 in Minneapolis.

Tom Olmscheid, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Jhonny Peralta finished a triple short of the cycle and had four RBIs to lift Detroit to an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night, the Tigers' 11th straight win over their AL Central rivals.

Max Scherzer (11-5) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings and Ryan Raburn also homered for the Tigers, who picked up a game on second-place Cleveland and pushed the Twins seven games back in the division.

Brian Duensing (7-8) was rocked for seven runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings for the Twins, who have dropped the first two games in the series with the division leaders.

Jim Thome had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

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