Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander got back to his winning ways and the Tigers continued their domination of the Minnesota Twins with a 6-2 victory to open a four-game set at Target Field.
Detroit moved to 6-0 this season against the Twins and has won 10 in a row over Minnesota. It's Detroit's longest winning streak ever against the Twins, topping a nine-game run when the Twins were the Washington Senators July 27, 1949 - May 6, 1950.
Verlander (13-5) allowed five hits, one run and fanned nine over eight innings to rebound from his worst start in nearly two months. He gave up four earned runs to the White Sox last Friday, but in this game threw 126 pitches, 83 for strikes.
Jhonny Peralta had three hits, including a homer, and knocked in three runs for the Tigers, who won for the third time in four contests and moved into sole possession of first place in the AL Central, a half-game ahead of Cleveland. Brennan Boesch added a two-run homer.
Michael Cuddyer drove in a run for the Twins, who are six games out of first place.
Carl Pavano (6-7) surrendered nine hits and five runs over six innings.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the fourth inning before Peralta's single to right plated Boesch.
Wilson Betemit, who joined the Tigers via trade Wednesday from Kansas City, singled with one out in the fifth. With two down, Boesch cranked his 14th homer of the year, a shot to right-center.
Detroit expanded the lead to 5-0 the following inning. Miguel Cabrera doubled to lead off the inning and Victor Martinez followed with a single. Peralta then hit a line-drive double down the left-field line. Carlos Guillen followed with a sacrifice fly to left.
Cuddyer singled in Alexi Casilla in the sixth, but Joe Mauer was left at third when Jim Thome struck out looking to end the inning.
Peralta homered to the second deck in left on the first pitch of the eighth inning from Chuck James.
Betemit's throwing error in the ninth inning allowed pinch-runner Jason Repko to score.
Detroit designated third baseman Brandon Inge for assignment to make room on the roster for Betemit...Twins outfielder/designated hitter Jason Kubel, who has been on the disabled list since the end of May with a sprained left foot, is expected to be activated Friday...The Tigers are 20-10 vs. the AL Central this year.