MINNEAPOLIS - Trevor Plouffe had three hits, including a two-run homer, in his return to the Twins lineup, and Sam Deduno held Detroit in check over seven innings in Minnesota's 6-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.
Plouffe, who turned 27 on Saturday, was back after missing 22 games because of a concussion and left calf strain. He was a triple shy of the cycle and he drove in three runs.
"First thing's winning. We want to win this game and I wanted to contribute any way I could," Plouffe said. "To be able to come up offensively was good for us."
"He stepped right back in there and that's kind of what they said from down there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was getting after it pretty good. Running around pretty good and his swing looked good."
Deduno (3-1) gave up two runs and seven hits to win his third straight decision since being recalled in May. He has allowed only five earned runs in his last five starts.
Glen Perkins added his 16th save in 18 chances.
After missing his previous start with shoulder stiffness, Anibal Sanchez struggled with pitch location and only lasted 3 2-3 innings for Detroit. Darin Downs (0-2) gave up three runs and five hits in relief of Sanchez, and took the loss.
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