After doubling and being stranded in the first inning, Hunter socked his 11th home run of the season - and fourth in his last seven games - in the second inning, a solo shot, singled in another run and scored in the fourth and doubled home one more run in the seventh, driving in three runs and scoring a pair.
Batting in the second spot in Detroit's lineup most of the season, Hunter has solidified an already-powerful Tiger batting order.
Detroit's win was their fifth straight, though they've had a hard time expanding their lead in the division because second place Cleveland has won seven straight while third place Kansas City has strung together eight wins in a row.
The Tigers lead the Indians by 2 1/2 games. The Royals are seven games out.
That's because the Braves have taken them to the woodshed, winning the first three games by a combined score of 29-11, including Wednesday's 9-0 bashing.
After crushing a pair of homers on Tuesday, Freddie Freeman continued his hot hitting, going 4-for-4 (all singles) against Colorado hurlers in Wednesday's win.
Freeman drove in two runs and scored a pair, improving his RBI total to 71, fifth best in the National League. In the three games against the Rockies, Freeman has gone 7-for-13 at the plate, driving in six runs and scoring six.
The Braves have won six in a row and will be looking for the sweep of the Rockies, Thursday night at 7:10 pm EDT.
Today's Trivia: Who led the AL in triples four straight years (1991-1994) and then led the NL in triples in 1996? (answer tomorrow)
Yesterday's Answer: As far as three-baggers were concerned, it was no contest. Lou Brock tripled 141 times in 19 seasons, while Rickey Henderson has just 66 triples in his 25-year career.