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Cabrera's homer gives Tigers 5-3 win over Rays
Friday Jun 16, 2017 12:00am

(DETROIT) – Miguel Cabrera came into Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay without a homer since May 20, though that didn't give the Rays much confidence. Cabrera, who has been struggling with a sore back, did just that, going the opposite way for a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-3 victory. The game was tied at three entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out. Andrew Romine pinch ran and trotted home when Cabrera hit his seventh career game-ending homer into the right-field stands. Justin Wilson (3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Tigers starter Justin Verlander pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and five walks. He's now walked five batters three times this season after not doing it a single time in 2016. He struck out six. Alex Cobb gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three. Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with his first RBI of June, a single that snapped a 0 for 16 slump. J.D. Martinez's double made it 2-2 in the bottom of the third, but Cobb and Verlander both settled down at that point. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth for Detroit, and allowed a long tying homer to Steven Souza Jr.


Miguel Cabrera lifts a game winning home run in the 9th inning against Tampa Bay (photo courtesy of Carlos Osorio/AP)
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