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Hughes pitches Twins to 5-3 win over Tigers

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez off Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/An Photo:

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez off Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/An

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Phil Hughes threw seven strong innings and Josmil Pinto hit his fifth homer of the season and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Saturday.

Hughes (2-1) had six strikeouts with no walks. He retired 16 straight at one point and has won two straight - a welcome sight for a Twins rotation that had produced only six quality starts this season.

Detroit led 2-0 before starter Anibal Sanchez left in the third with a blister on his middle finger on his throwing hand, forcing newly recalled Jose Ortega (0-1) into action.

Ortega, who had just arrived from Triple-A Toledo, and Phil Coke then combined to walk six Twins batters - five in the fifth.

A throwing error by catcher Bryan Holaday and a bases-loaded walk by Coke allowed Minnesota to tie the game in the fifth without a hit.

Trevor Plouffe's two-RBI single off Coke to score Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier put the Twins ahead for good, and Pinto's homer off Al Albuquerque in the eighth provided an insurance run.

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