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Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases, after hitting his second home run of the game, in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Arlington.  (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)
Cabrera hits 3 HRs, but Tigers fall to Texas
MLB » Tigers’ slugger can’t overcome poor Detroit pitching.
First Published May 20 2013 09:14 am • Last Updated May 29 2013 05:11 pm

Arlington, Texas • Miguel Cabrera never had a night like this last season when he won baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years.

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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.

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"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.

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