DETROIT — Samuel Deduno is known to be wild, so he tried to reign in his control against the Detroit Tigers.
It didn't work out very well.
Deduno matched a career high by giving up seven runs in his shortest start of the season and Detroit took advantage in an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
"Everything I was throwing, they were hitting," Deduno said.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Tigers keep their hopes high in the AL Central race.
Detroit began the day 1 1-2 games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, who were scheduled to play later on the road against the Los Angeles Angels.
Deduno (6-5) allowed seven hits and three walks in just 2 1-3 innings, losing for the fifth time in seven outings.
"I'm worried a little bit, but I know I'm going to be OK," he said.
Cabrera's solo shot in the fourth inning tied him with Texas star Josh Hamilton for the most homers in the AL.
"Looked like a golf ball that he hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's incredible."
Cabrera has a relatively comfortable league lead with a .332 batting average and 131 RBIs. Hamilton is sidelined for this weekend's series at Seattle because of a sinus condition that has caused blurred vision.
Carl Yastrzemski won the last Triple Crown in 1967. He took the batting and RBIs title, and tied Harmon Killebrew for the AL homer lead.
Austin Jackson hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer in a five-run third that gave Fister more than enough support.
Fister (10-9) gave up seven hits and no walks while striking out seven. He won for the third time in four starts.
The Tigers led off each of the first three innings with a hit off Deduno.
Jackson sent Deduno's first pitch into the left-field seats, leading off with a homer for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his three-year career. Andy Dirks hit a double in the second inning and scored on Alex Avila's single.
Deduno's day was done after following up his only out in the third with his third walk of the game.
Cabrera's homer off Anthony Swarzak in the fourth gave Detroit an eight-run cushion.
"That's what that team does, they figure out a way to put runs on the board – like a freight train," Gardenhire said. "Couldn't get another guy warmed up fast enough."
NOTES: The Twins were shut out for an 11th time this season. ... Minnesota C Joe Mauer had two hits, reaching base safely for the 112th time in 136 games this season. ... In a bizarre play, Minnesota's Alexi Casilla was called out in the fifth while standing on second base after shortstop Jhonny Peralta went in front of the bag to catch a popup, backed up into Casilla and fell as the ball hit the ground. Gardenhire threw his hands up after a brief argument on the field. "I know the base can't protect the runner, but where was he supposed to go?" Gardenhire asked. Peralta had the same question. "I never seen that before," Peralta said. "What's the guy supposed to do?"