Detroit,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run single off Justin Verlander  in the seventh inning Friday night and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 to open a three-game series. 

Phil  Hughes (4-1) threw seven shutout innings to extend his winning streak to four  straight starts,  including two against Detroit. The right-hander struck out three and gave up eight hits without a walk. 

Verlander  (4-2) lost to the Twins for the first time in more than four years, snapping  a nine-decision  winning streak spanning 12 starts. He allowed seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 114 pitches. 

The  Tigers have dropped two in a row on the heels of a season-high eight-game winning streak. They were coming off a 6-2 loss to Houston on Thursday. 

The Twins were outhit by Detroit 10-9, but snapped a three-game losing streak. 

Glen  Perkins  gave up doubles  to Austin Jackson and  Alex Avila in the ninth inning  as Detroit plated a late run, but settled down to earn his ninth save. Avila's RBI hit went off Jason Kubel's glove in deep left field. 

Earlier,  Verlander had  retired 12 of 13 batters since letting a runner reach third  base in the  third inning before Chris Parmelee hit a one-out single in the seventh. 

Danny  Santana  added a two-out hit  and Brian Dozier worked a five-pitch walk off  the hard-throwing right-hander to load the bases for Suzuki, who grounded a 94 mph fastball into center field for Minnesota's 2-0 lead. 

                                   Game Notes 

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (back) missed a fifth straight games but manager Ron  Gardenhire has said he expects the former AL MVP to return before the end of  the weekend ... The start of the game was delayed by 27 minutes because of rain  ... The teams  split two games in a rain-shortened series last month ... Verlander  has  thrown at  least 105 pitches  in all eight  of his starts this season. His last  loss  to the  Twins  came  April 27,  2010  in Detroit  ... Detroit's Victor Martinez was 0-for-4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak.