Arlington, Texas • Miguel Cabrera never had a night like this last season when he won baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years.
And it still wasn’t enough to get the Detroit Tigers a win.
David Murphy put Texas ahead for good with a three-run home run just over the wall in right field in the sixth inning, and the Rangers spoiled the second three-homer game of Cabrera’s career with an 11-8 victory on Sunday night.
Cabrera last went deep three times in a game against Oakland in Detroit nearly three years ago — or two years before he became the AL’s first Triple Crown winner since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 by leading the league in average, homers and RBIs.
Cabrera went 4 for 4 and drove in five runs Sunday night and leads the majors with a .387 average and 47 RBIs. He has 11 homers, one off the AL lead.
"Miggy never ceases to amaze you," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "This guy obviously is something very special."
But Detroit’s pitching wasn’t on a warm and windy night in Texas, and the Tigers couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead Cabrera gave them with a pair of homers.
Then they lost the 7-5 lead provided by Prince Fielder’s three-run double after the Rangers intentionally walked Cabrera even though there already were runners on first and second.
Murphy gave the Rangers an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the sixth with a drive off Jose Ortega (0-1), who hadn’t allowed a run in six relief appearances covering seven innings.
"Very nice to be on the winning side," said Murphy, who had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. "Big game, fun game, national TV. We got to witness the best hitter in the game hit three homers."
Robbie Ross (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win, and Joe Nathan worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 13th save. He has saved all 36 career chances against Detroit.Next Page >
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