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Cabrera tallies three hits as Tigers knock off Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a little help from slugger Miguel Cabrera, Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers slowed down the Texas Rangers.

Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a go-ahead double in the fifth inning to back Porcello and lift the Tigers over the Rangers 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of division leaders.

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Texas had scored 51 runs in its past eight games, going 7-1 in that stretch. Porcello and four relievers, however, cooled off a Rangers offense that knocked out ace Justin Verlander in the third inning Thursday night.

Cabrera broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double off the wall in left that scored Andy Dirks. Cabrera scored later in the fifth to provide the Tigers with just enough offense to give manager Jim Leyland his 1,699th career victory.

"We had some opportunities and we were able to score just enough runs to beat them today," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "And on the flip side, our guys were able to keep it at a minimum when they had opportunities. We were able to get out of big jams."

Porcello (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk as the Tigers rebounded from a 10-4 loss Thursday night.

The 24-year-old Porcello is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts since giving up nine runs in two-thirds of an inning April 20 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Detroit remained tied with the Cleveland Indians atop the AL Central.

"I think I'm in a little bit of a groove for sure," Porcello said. "I'm getting better results now, so it's nice."

Joaquin Benoit escaped a first-and-third jam with one out in the eighth when he induced Nelson Cruz's double-play grounder. Cruz also bounced into a double play in the fourth when the Rangers had runners on first and second with nobody out.

The Rangers, owners of the best record in the AL, went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

"You want to be up in those situations," Cruz said. "I just hope to get another chance so I come through."

Jose Valverde got three groundouts around a one-out walk to Geovany Soto in the ninth, getting his fourth save in five chances this season.

"You don't expect a 2-1 ballgame in this ballpark too many times," Leyland said. "It's a lightning rod and you can hit it out of here at any time."

Soto homered for a second straight game, a solo shot off Porcello in the fifth that brought the Rangers within 2-1.

Rookie Nick Tepesch (3-4) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks in five innings as Detroit stopped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.

"Detroit has a pretty good lineup," Tepesch said. "I just have to take the positives from this start and be ready for the next one."

Dirks led off the fifth with a bloop single to center and advanced to second on a groundout.

Cabrera, hitting .509 (27 for 53) with runners in scoring position, lined an 0-1 pitch off the wall in left field near the out of town scoreboard for his AL-leading 42nd RBI. Cabrera scored on Avila's sacrifice fly.

Cabrera nearly put Detroit ahead in the third when he singled to center with Dirks on second base. Leonys Martin made a perfect throw to Soto at the plate for the out.

Notes

  • Texas RHP Alexi Ogando, placed on the DL Thursday with right biceps tendinitis, underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage.
  • Texas 2B Ian Kinsler did not start because of bruised ribs after he was hit by a Verlander pitch Thursday night. Kinsler entered in the ninth as pinch runner.
  • Detroit's Torii Hunter is two home runs shy of 300 in his career.
  • Rangers RHP Justin Miller (right elbow surgery) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Double-A Frisco.
 
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Miguel Cabrera continues to hammer opposing pitching, tallying another three hits Friday.  (Getty Images)
Miguel Cabrera continues to hammer opposing pitching, tallying another three hits Friday. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

G. Soto
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andy Dirks, LF5120001 .261
    Avisail Garcia, CF0000000 .200
Torii Hunter, RF5000001 .309
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4131111 .376
Prince Fielder, 1B3000002 .272
Victor Martinez, DH3010103 .213
Alex Avila, C2001110 .185
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000113 .319
Don Kelly, CF-LF4000003 .196
Ramon Santiago, 2B3000103 .152
    Omar Infante, PR-2B0000000 .316
Totals3226253  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (12, Tepesch)
SF - Alex Avila (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (42), Alex Avila (10)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder, Santiago-Peralta-Fielder
E - Miguel Cabrera (3, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,2-2) 5.2511161 5.92
Jose Ortega (H,2) 0.2100010 0.00
Drew Smyly (H,5) 0.2000010 1.82
Joaquin Benoit (H,6) 1200000 1.42
Jose Valverde (S,4) 1000100 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 106-74, Jose Ortega 11-6, Drew Smyly 12-7, Joaquin Benoit 7-6, Jose Valverde 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 7-3, Jose Ortega 1-0, Drew Smyly 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, Jose Valverde 3-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 22, Jose Ortega 3, Drew Smyly 3, Joaquin Benoit 4, Jose Valverde 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4000012 .262
Leury Garcia, 2B4010021 .280
Lance Berkman, DH4020001 .293
Adrian Beltre, 3B3020111 .273
Nelson Cruz, RF4010002 .263
Mitch Moreland, 1B4000003 .288
Geovany Soto, C3111120 .185
    Ian Kinsler, PR0000000 .302
David Murphy, LF2000010 .211
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-LF2000010 .333
Leonys Martin, CF2010000 .274
   b- Craig Gentry, PH-CF2000001 .233
Totals3418128  
a-struck out for Murphy in the 7th
b-grounded out for Martin in the 7th
Batting
3B - Leonys Martin (3, Porcello)
HR - Geovany Soto (2, Porcello)
RBI - Geovany Soto (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Leonys Martin 1
E - Leury Garcia (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nick Tepesch (L,3-4) 5622310 3.98
Joe Ortiz 1000000 3.43
Jason Frasor 0.1000100 3.00
Robbie Ross 2000110 0.48
Cory Burns 0.2000010 0.00
HBP - Fielder (by Nick Tepesch)
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Tepesch 96-57, Joe Ortiz 7-4, Jason Frasor 11-5, Robbie Ross 21-13, Cory Burns 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Tepesch 12-2, Joe Ortiz 2-1, Robbie Ross 3-2
Batters Faced - Nick Tepesch 25, Joe Ortiz 3, Jason Frasor 2, Robbie Ross 7, Cory Burns 2
Game Information
Attendance - 42778
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jerry Meals