(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Sometimes Miguel Cabrera giveth. Sometimes Miguel Cabrera taketh.
And sometimes Miguel Cabrera really taketh his sweet time.
The Detroit Tigers' star slugger doubled in the tying run in the fourth inning, but was doubled up on a lackadaisical and poorly executed tag-up in a tight game. J.D. Martinez was the next batter, and he followed with a solo home run in a 2-1 victory over Kansas City on Thursday before 35,715 at Comerica Park.
The win ended the Tigers' three-game losing streak and prevented the Royals from completing their second-ever four-game sweep in Detroit.
The Royals took a 1-0 lead when Nori Aoki opened the game with a double off Anibal Sanchez (4-2), then scored on Billy Butler's double.
The Tigers finally got broke through in the fourth when Austin Jackson led off with his team's first hit, a hard single to left. Cabrera followed and teed off on Duffy's first pitch, a 91 m.p.h. fastball that Cabrera scorched to the centerfield wall for a standout double that scored Jackson and even the score at 1.
Then it happened.
Victor Martinez flied out to Aoki in rightfield for the first out. Cabrera tagged up to draw a throw and Aoki obliged. But Cabrera was slow in returning to second. Aoki threw a dart to the cutoff man, shortstop Alcides Escobar, who charged the throw and tagged Cabrera.
Initially, Cabrera was ruled safe. But after a short review, the ruling on the field was overturned as Cabrera literally walked into a double play.
J.D. Martinez followed and crunched a fastball over the rightfield fence for a solo homer and a 2-1 lead.
Joe Nathan struck out the side in order in the ninth to earn the save