Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez and Johnny Damon each hit a home run to support six solid innings from Jeremy Bonderman in Detroit's 7-4 win over Minnesota in the middle meeting of a three-game set.
Bonderman (5-6) grabbed the win after allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while fanning a pair for Detroit, which has won 17 of its last 19 games at home. Jose Valverde retired the side in order in the ninth to record his 19th save of the season.
Nick Blackburn (7-7) was roughed up to the tune of seven runs on seven hits, including four home runs, in four-plus innings while walking one and striking out one for the slumping Twins, who have dropped four in a row and six out of seven.
The Tigers struck in the opening inning for the second straight game, grabbing a 2-0 lead on Cabrera's 22nd home run of the season.
Avila belted his solo shot to left with two outs in the second to make it a 3-0 game.
The visitors got back into the game in the third when Nick Punto walked and moved to third on a double by Denard Span. Both runners scored on a single by Orlando Hudson, but Detroit pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of the frame on Ordonez's solo homer to left.
A Michael Cuddyer longball with two outs in the fourth pulled the Twins back to within 4-3.
The home run parade continued in the fifth. Ramon Santiago led off the Detroit half with a double and stayed put when Austin Jackson walked. Damon then contributed a three-run clout to right that pushed the Tigers advantage to 7-3 and knocked Blackburn out of the game.
Daniel Schlereth started the seventh on the hill for Detroit and gave up a double to Jason Kubel, the only batter he faced. Robbie Weinhardt took over and got Cuddyer to fly out, which moved Kubel to third, from where he scored on a Delmon Young ground out.
Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau missed his third straight game Saturday with concussion like symptoms and will not make the trip to Anaheim for the All-Star Game. A head and concussion specialist in Detroit examined Morneau on Saturday and recommended rest. He will be re-evaluated in Minnesota over the All-Star break. Cabrera has recorded 26 hits during his streak. Bonderman in 5-6 in his career against the Twins in 18 games, including 16 starts. Valverde has converted 19 straight save chances since April 9...Avila's home run was his first since June 13 versus Pittsburgh and just his second since he hit a pair at Minnesota on May 5...Blackburn is 4-4 in his career against the Tigers with all of the losses coming in Detroit. He is 1-6 in his last eight starts after going 5-0 in May...Young was 0-for-3 and lost a nine-game hitting streak.