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Torii Hunter scores game-winner as Detroit defeats Twins 4-3

DETROIT--Oswaldo Arcia dropped a fly ball at the right-field fence in the ninth inning for an error, and J.D. Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Detroit the tie-breaking run and a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Twins on Sunday at Comerica Park.

Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single off Casey Fien (3-3), and after a line out by Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez hit a long fly that he believed would carry into the seats for a winning home run. But the ball came down on the warning track, and glanced off Arcia's glove for an error that moved Hunter to third. Sam Fuld then caught a fly ball and tried to throw out Hunter at the plate, but the throw was off line, handing the Twins their second straight loss.

Arcia's misplay wasn't his first of the day. The right fielder lost Victor Martinez's high fly ball in the first inning, too, letting it fall for a double that drove home Ian Kinsler with the game's first run.

Former Twins closer Joe Nathan, who pitched a scoreless ninth, was the winning pitcher against his old team.

Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, while Tigers righthander Rick Porcello also gave up three runs in seven innings.

The Tigers led 2-0 in the sixth when Josh Willingham lined an RBI double into the left-field corner, and Kendrys Morales drove him in with a single up the middle. Kurt Suzuki also singled, and Morales tried to score. The throw from J.D. Martinez easily beat him to the plate, but catcher Alex Avila couldn't handle the short-hop throw, allowing Morales to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.

It didn't last long, however. Nolasco surrendered an RBI double to Nick Castellos in the bottom of the inning, tying the game and setting up the Tiger's winning rally in the ninth.

Minnesota, now 3-3 on this nine-game road trip, moves on to Boston for a three-game series in Fenway Park beginning Monday.

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