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When the bottom five in the lineup aren't hitting, it's that much more important the top four become productive.

And for the Tigers recently, having leadoff man Austin Jackson getting on base along with pesky second hitter Quintin Berry is giving plenty of chances for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.

Jackson reached base twice Monday and Berry got on three times, and each scored twice in Detroit's 8-2 victory over Texas.

It was Berry's bunt in the first that triggered the five-run frame, jumpstarting the Tigers to their second win in a row.

Jackson had doubled to open the game, and Berry was bunting to get him over to third. It turned into a bunt single when the Rangers didn't have anybody covering first. That put runners at first and third.

Cabrera doubled both home, scuffling Delmon Young followed with an RBI single, Jhonny Peralta had an RBI double, and Ramon Santiago added a run-scoring single.

It's questionable whether the final two runs score if Berry gets thrown out at first on his bunt.

Berry manufactured a run in the second when he led off with a walk, stole his 12th base in 12 tries, stopped at third on Cabrera's single to right and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Fielder. Jackson walked in the sixth and scored on Cabrera's second double.

Berry reached first on an error by Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the fourth, a play that easily could have been called a single because Berry's speed contributed to Kinsler dropping the ball when he tried to get it out of his glove.

The Tigers' rookie left fielder is an interesting player -- for now, anyway, as manager Jim Leyland likes to say.

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