After the Twins dropped the first two games of the series in Detroit, facing strikeout master Anibal Sanchez seemed to be a tall order. The Twins used a patient approach at the plate, picking up three runs in the first two innings and leaving the Motor City with a 6-2 win.
Sanchez, coming off a 17 strikeout performance against the Braves needed 115 pitches to complete six innings.
The Tigers picked up a pair of runs in the sixth inning finally catching up to Twins starter Scott Diamond. They scored a pair of their own in the top of the seventh inning regaining the 5-2 lead.
Diamond worked six innings, allowing two runs on just four hits while striking out three. Casey Fien worked a one-two-three seventh inning before giving the ball to Jared Burton, then Glen Perkins who pitched the eighth and ninth innings.
Chris Parmelee put a charge into a Darrin Downs pitch in the top of the eighth extending the Twins lead to four. It was Parmelee's second home run of the season.
With the win, the Twins evened their record at 12-12 on the season. They travel to Cleveland for a three game series against the Indians beginning Friday.