Until the seventh, it looked like two runs would be enough for Sanchez.
"Nothing was different. They got contact against my pitch, was behind on the count," Sanchez said.
The final 16 Detroit hitters were retired by Pelfrey, Casey Fien and closer Glen Perkins, who worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
Most importantly, Pelfrey feels healthy. He missed most of last season with various injuries after signing a two-year contract.
"Last year didn’t go any way that anybody would like," Pelfrey said. "I wanted to come in and make good on that two-year deal."
Shortstop Danny Santana added three hits and a RBI for the Twins. He also made an error that eventually led to Anthony Gose’s RBI single and a 1-0 Detroit lead in the third.
Former Tigers great Kirk Gibson, who will turn 58 next month, revealed Tuesday that he’s battling Parkinson’s disease. Before the game, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Gibson "was one of the fiercest competitors I ever watched" and wished him the best.
"I can’t see Kirk Gibson folding up shop and crawling into a corner over this. I don’t think that’s in his DNA," Ausmus said.
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia ran through a stop sign from third-base coach Gene Glynn and was easily thrown out at home following a Santana single in the fifth.
"Sometimes you want to wait to see how it unfolds," Molitor said. "Sometimes the guy’s got too much momentum and he doesn’t feel like he can slow down."