Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) is congratulated by Torii Hunter (48) as Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan (22) watches during the second inning at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera crushed two homers and reached
base every time he came to plate, and the Detroit Tigers recorded 21 hits in
a 17-2 thrashing of the Houston Astros in the third test of a four-game set
from Minute Maid Park.
The reigning American League MVP and Triple Crown winner knocked in six runs
for the fifth time in his career, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a
walk in the Tigers' third straight win and eighth in nine games.
The Detroit hitters never let up against the Astros' pitching staff,
producing at least one run in every inning but the third and providing more
than enough support for Max Scherzer (4-0), who was brilliant once again.
Scherzer continually stayed ahead of batters over his eight innings of work
and scattered just one run on three hits. He struck out eight as well to win
his third straight start.
Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, Victor Martinez
clubbed a two-run homer and drove in four, Jhonny Peralta knocked in a pair
of runs and Alex Avila, Prince Fielder and Omar Infante drove one apiece.
It was an emphatic fifth loss in a row and ninth in 10 games for Houston,
which mustered just six hits.
Lucas Harrell (3-3) wasn't even close to winning his fourth straight decision,
getting tagged for eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
The onslaught began right away, with Cabrera spraying an RBI single into right
in the first inning. Two batters later, Martinez stroked a two-run double off
the wall in left center before Peralta had an RBI base hit to cap the four-run
Cabrera got his second turn at-bat the following inning and launched his fifth
homer of the season, a two-run blast into left field. His bases-loaded walk in
the fourth made it 7-0 in favor of Detroit.
Avila doubled home Andy Dirks in the fifth and Cabrera's second homer of the
game, a solo blast into left to begin the sixth, provided the Tigers with a
The Tigers continued to punish the Astros by plating three more in the
seventh, with Hunter, Cabrera and Fielder delivering consecutive RBI singles
to build Detroit's lead up to 12-0.
Carlos Corporan recorded Houston's third hit of the game in the seventh,
reaching Scherzer for a two-out solo homer, but the Tigers would plate five
more runs over the last two innings.
Peralta doubled in a run in the eighth and would come home on an error by
Houston shortstop Ronny Cedeno. Hunter provided an RBI double to cap the
frame, while Martinez stroked a two-run homer in the top half of the ninth to
make the score 17-1.
The Astros brought a run home in bottom half of the inning on Jason Castro's
line-drive single into right.
Cabrera recorded his 26th multi-home run game. The last time he accomplished
the feat was Sept. 18 of last season, which was also the last time he drove in
six runs ... Every starter in Detroit's lineup had at least two hits except
for Fielder and Dirks, who each had one ... The Tigers were 8-for-19 with
runners in scoring position.
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