OAKLAND, Calif. - Prince Fielder homered for the second straight game, Torii Hunter hit his first clout since joining Detroit to help back Justin Verlander and the Tigers snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory Saturday.
Jhonny Peralta followed Fielder's leadoff shot in the fourth with a three-run homer, and the Tigers didn't let the A's back into this one a day after losing 4-3 in 12 innings.
A's nemesis Verlander (2-1) outpitched Oakland lefty Brett Anderson before a sellout crowd of 35,067 similar to those spirited fans who packed the Coliseum for last fall's division series between these clubs.
Verlander, making his third start since signing a $180 million, seven-year contract March 29, pitched the Tigers past the A's 6-0 in the Game 5 division series clincher at the Coliseum last October and also won Game 1 of the series.
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