Game of the day: Tigers 6, Royals 5: Hobbled Cabrera sinks Royals with solo blast

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z Game of the day: Tigers 6, Royals 5: Hobbled Cabrera sinks Royals with solo blastThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera's body is making it difficult for him to run without appearing to be in pain.

Luckily for the Tigers, it's not keeping the reigning Triple Crown winner from swinging the bat really well.

Cabrera hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit to a 6-5 win over Kansas City on Saturday night hours after Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was suspended for at least the rest of this season for testing positive for an amphetamine.

"Every at-bat, every game, you want to do something good, because I think people pay for that," Cabrera said.

Cabrera has been slowed by a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg. He was healthy enough to take a victory lap and looked relatively comfortable rounding the bases as a sellout crowd of 41,850 cheered.

"When you hit a home run like that, you're loose, smooth," he said.

Cabrera leads the major leagues with a .358 batting average and 117 RBIs and trails only Baltimore's Chris Davis in homers.

Aaron Crow (7-4) threw five pitches, with Cabrera hitting his 3-1 offering for an opposite field homer, his 39th, driving a fastball high and outside just over the right-field wall.

"There's not three hitters in baseball that could hit that pitch out of the ballpark," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's one of them. Take your hat off to him."

Joaquin Benoit (3-0) gave up only one walk in the ninth for the win.

Prince Fielder hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning and made a good defensive play for the third out of the ninth.

Tejada became the third former MVP in a month to be suspended, getting suspended for 105 games. His ban came after Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games - he's appealing - and Brewers star Ryan Braun got a 65-game penalty that will keep him off the field for the rest of the season.

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