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Cabrera, Porcello help Tigers complete sweep of Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Imagine what Miguel Cabrera might be doing if he were completely healthy.

The reigning AL MVP hit a mammoth homer, Rick Porcello enjoyed a happy homecoming and the Detroit Tigers polished off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with an 11-3 victory Sunday.

Cabrera's two-run drive was his 42nd long ball of the season and 10th in 19 games. He went 3 for 4 with a walk, raising his batting average to a major league-best .360, and finished the series 7 for 13 with two homers and five RBI.

"It's a lot of fun to watch," Porcello said. "You've got to remind yourself not to take what he's done for granted, because he's just that special of a player and he makes it look so easy day in and day out. But, he's unbelievable. He's the best hitter on the planet, hands down."

Hobbled by nagging injuries to his hip, side and knees, Cabrera jogged slowly down the line all weekend. When he tried to dive for a ball at third base Sunday, it certainly appeared to hurt.

That hardly slowed him at the plate, though.

"He's the best I've seen, by far," teammate Andy Dirks said. "The things that he can do, you just sit back and say, `Wow.'"

Dirks put Detroit ahead with a two-run homer, and the AL Central leaders improved to 12-5 in interleague play. They have won 34 of 49 overall, the best mark in the American League since July 2.

Porcello (10-7) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball before the Tigers broke it open with a seven-run ninth. Dirks drew a bases-loaded walk during the outburst, which included RBI singles by Victor Martinez and Ramon Santiago.

Travis d'Arnaud hit his first major league homer for the Mets, who have scored five runs during a four-game slide. They were outhit 33-7 in the final two games of the series.

"The Tigers aren't in the position they're in without having an outstanding offense. They pitched us tough. We didn't get a lot of guys on," New York manager Terry Collins said. "Right now we are not swinging the bats very well. The Tigers played great and we didn't."

Dillon Gee (9-9) lost for only the third time in 16 starts. He entered with a 2.27 ERA since May 30, the fourth-best mark in the majors during that span.

The 24-year-old Porcello, who grew up a Mets fan nearby in New Jersey, left 17 tickets for family and friends. He didn't disappoint them, either, bouncing back from a loss to Minnesota and moving to 6-1 in his past nine outings.

"It was definitely a little special feeling," Porcello said. "I'm glad we got a win for them."

The right-hander was hit hard in his only other start against the Mets on June 28, 2011, in Detroit. He pitched at Yankee Stadium a little more than two weeks ago, taking a no-decision in Detroit's 4-3 defeat.

With the victory by Porcello, all five members of the Tigers' rotation have reached double digits in wins.

The Tigers were trailing by one when Martinez singled off Gee to start the sixth. Dirks, who had three of Detroit's 13 hits Saturday off All-Star ace Matt Harvey, drove an 0-1 slider to right-center for his eighth home run.

"I thought we probably strung as good at-bats together this series as we have all year throughout the lineup," manager Jim Leyland said. "This sounds crazy, but I think the matchup yesterday really got the hitters pumped up because they knew it could be a real tough day."

Gee lasted six innings for the 11th straight start, the longest streak of his career, and 15th time in 16 outings. But he matched a season high by giving up 10 hits -- five in the sixth.

Austin Jackson opened the game with a soft single and Cabrera launched a 2-0 pitch toward left field, where it cleared a railing in the second deck and sailed through a triangular opening beneath the restaurant windows.

"When the man gets hot, he's hot," Martinez said.

The drive induced a collective gasp from the crowd of 32,084 on Tom Seaver bobblehead day and gave Cabrera a major league-high 128 RBI. Trying to become the first player to win consecutive Triple Crowns, he is four homers behind Baltimore slugger Chris Davis.

"If one guy's got the talent to do that, it's him," Santiago said. "The guy's a horse."

A broken-bat single by Daniel Murphy with two outs in the third cut it to 2-1, and d'Arnaud put the Mets ahead one inning later with a two-run shot that barely cleared the shortened fence in left-center.

Detroit reliever Bruce Rondon worked around a leadoff walk in the eighth to protect a 4-3 lead.

Notes

Tigers SS Jose Iglesias sat out again with a sore left elbow after getting hit by a pitch Friday. He was replaced by Santiago, who had three hits and made two nice plays to rob Ike Davis. ... Martinez, normally a DH, started at catcher for the second time in the series. Martinez, who missed last season following knee surgery, was behind the plate Friday for the first time in more than two years. ... Detroit begins a seven-game homestand Monday night against Oakland. ... Collins rested 3B Wilmer Flores (ankle) partly because he plans to play the rookie at 2B one day this week.

 
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Hobbled or not, Miguel Cabrera continues to hurt opposing pitchers. The Tigers slugger finishes 3 of 4 with a two-run blast. (USATSI)
Hobbled or not, Miguel Cabrera continues to hurt opposing pitchers. The Tigers slugger finishes 3 of 4 with a two-run blast. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

T. d'Arnaud
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5121002 .272
Torii Hunter, RF6110024 .303
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4232100 .360
Prince Fielder, 1B5120012 .263
Victor Martinez, C5121002 .284
   Bryan Holaday, PR-C0100000 .280
Andy Dirks, LF3213211 .252
Omar Infante, 2B5121001 .321
Ramon Santiago, SS5131000 .221
Rick Porcello, P3010003 .333
   a-Brayan Pena, PH1000000 .305
   b-Matt Tuiasosopo, PH-1B1011000 .287
Totals4311181034  
a-grounded out for Porcello in the 8th
b-singled for Rondon in the 9th
Batting
HR - Miguel Cabrera (42, Gee), Andy Dirks (8, Gee)
SF - Austin Jackson (2)
RBI - Austin Jackson (35), Miguel Cabrera 2 (128), Victor Martinez (69), Andy Dirks 3 (29), Omar Infante (30), Ramon Santiago (10), Matt Tuiasosopo (29)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Infante-Fielder, Cabrera-Infante-Fielder-Porcello-Santiago-Fielder, Cabrera-Infante-Fielder-Porcello-Santiago-Fielder-Santiago-Infante-Tuiasosopo
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,10-7) 7433341 4.49
Bruce Rondon (H,3) 1000110 3.51
Jeremy Bonderman 1000100 4.41
WP - Bruce Rondon (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 102-60, Bruce Rondon 16-9, Jeremy Bonderman 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-5, Bruce Rondon 1-1, Jeremy Bonderman 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 26, Bruce Rondon 4, Jeremy Bonderman 3
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF2000101 .247
Daniel Murphy, 2B4011002 .274
Marlon Byrd, RF4000012 .283
Ike Davis, 1B2000200 .207
Justin Turner, 3B4000012 .265
Juan Lagares, CF4120000 .259
Travis d'Arnaud, C3112001 .111
Omar Quintanilla, SS2100120 .222
Dillon Gee, P1000010 .128
Totals2634355  
a-walked for Torres in the 8th
Batting
HR - Travis d'Arnaud (1, Porcello)
SH - Eric Young Jr. (6), Dillon Gee (6)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (58), Travis d'Arnaud 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (29), Travis d'Arnaud 2 (2)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Davis
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (L,9-9) 61044222 3.69
David Aardsma 0100000 4.30
Scott Rice 1000010 3.49
Carlos Torres 1000000 3.00
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1455100 3.65
Scott Atchison 0.2322010 3.90
WP - Scott Atchison 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 108-65, David Aardsma 3-2, Scott Rice 12-9, Carlos Torres 5-5, LaTroy Hawkins 22-15, Scott Atchison 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 9-6, Scott Rice 1-1, Carlos Torres 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 29, David Aardsma 1, Scott Rice 3, Carlos Torres 3, LaTroy Hawkins 6, Scott Atchison 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32084
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson