The fans at Comerica Park stood on their feet numerous times.
They kept cheering for Miguel Cabrera.
He deserved the ovations.
The Detroit Tigers (44-51) swung their way to a 14-0 victory over the Texas Rangers in Monday’s series opener at Comerica Park — behind Cabrera’s three-run double in the fifth inning and two-run single in the sixth inning. The 38-year-old finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs.
“These are big moments for Miggy, our team, our organization and our fans,” manager AJ Hinch said. “He has given so much to this franchise. Miggy is in with the elite. You can go your whole career and not see things like this, so you’ve got to soak it up as a team.”
The Tigers, 35-27 since May 8, are on a four-game winning streak.
They scored their 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks. Every player in the starting lineup recorded a hit, with multi-hit performances from seven players: Cabrera, Akil Baddoo (2-for-5, four RBIs), Jonathan Schoop (2-for-5, two RBIs), Robbie Grossman (2-for-4), Harold Castro (2-for-3), Isaac Paredes (3-for-3) and Victor Reyes (4-for-5).
“This team is more connected with each other,” said Reyes, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since June 1 after being promoted from Triple-A Toledo. “Every player is trying to help, and there’s harmony within the clubhouse.”
Rookie Casey Mize pitched four innings and allowed one hit without a walk. He struck out two, throwing 34 of 54 pitches for strikes as he remains under strict innings limits.
“We’re a good team,” Mize said. “I think that’s what we’re learning. I think a lot of people are learning that, that we are a good team.”
Relievers Joe Jimenez, Daniel Norris and Buck Farmer each tossed one scoreless inning. Ian Krol logged scoreless eighth and ninth innings. The Rangers recorded just four hits — without a walk — and struck out 10 times.
Rangers starter and All-Star Kyle Gibson was chased without recording an out in the sixth inning. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits and two walks, generating just two strikeouts. He departed with two runners on base, and the Tigers didn’t slow down against reliever Brett Martin.
Seven-run sixth inning
Facing Martin with the bases loaded, Baddoo singled up the middle. He plated two runs — charged to Gibson — for an 8-0 lead. Schoop followed with an RBI single up the middle, and Grossman tacked on a single into left field to load the bases.
Cabrera chased Martin with his single to left field. His second hit with the bases loaded scored two more runs for an 11-0 lead. The Rangers replaced Martin, who didn’t record an out, with Scott Barlow.
“We just did a lot of things to put pressure on them,” Hinch said. “We kept taking whatever the game gave us and continued to pile on. I’ve been on both sides of it, and this side of it is a lot more fun….
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