DETROIT (AP) -After a slow start in the American League,
has found his power stroke.
Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs Saturday night, lifting the
to a 10-2 win over the
also homered for Detroit, which won for the second time in nine games.
Cabrera broke open a one-run game with a three-run shot in the seventh inning, giving the Tigers a 6-2 lead.
''He's a force,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''We talked about how good he would be and he's gotten acclimated (to the
After A's reliever
intentionally - after running the count to 3-0 - Cabrera drove Embree's first pitch into the left-field stands for his 23rd
''The key was Cabrera's three-run shot,'' Oakland manager
said. ''That was the one that was tough to overcome.''
Cabrera is hitting .348 in the 22 games since the All-Star Break with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. He has 89 RBIs, third in
the A.L., and is hitting .298.
''I know what they're trying to do to me now,'' Cabrera said of the AL's pitchers. Cabrera came to the Tigers in a trade with
Florida in the offseason.
connected for Oakland, which has lost 11 of 12.
(10-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the win.
But Detroit lefty reliever
got the game's biggest out. Leading 3-2 in the sixth, Galarraga loaded the bases with two outs. Seay replaced him and got
on a flyout to end the inning.
''Just come in and try and get ahead and throw strikes,'' said Seay, who pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings and struck out two.
''Not a lot of room for error. Just be ready to go with that first pitch.''
The Tigers added four in the eighth on
's RBI single,
's run-scoring double,
's a run-scoring single and Ordonez's RBI single.
Thomas gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the first with his eighth home run of the season and 521st of his career. That tied him
for 17th all time with
Sheffield tied it 1-all for Detroit in the second with his 10th homer of the season. It was Sheffield's 490th career home
Renteria's home run leading off the third gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead. It was his sixth of the season.
The Athletics tied it in the fourth on
's RBI single. But Cabrera homered off
(0-1) in the bottom half to put Detroit up 3-2.
Meyer gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.
''If you don't execute against a team like this, they will hurt you,'' Meyer said. ''And that's what they did.''
Notes: Detroit 3B
didn't play because of lower back spasms, which forced him out of Friday night's game in the seventh inning. ... Comerica
Park's Jumbotrom scoreboard, which is located in left field, was struck by lighting during a hail storm before the game. ...
was 0-for-3 to stretch his slump to 0-for-26. ... Before the game, the Tigers honored the achievements of Latin American and
Hispanic players in the major leagues. The special guest was
, who was the majors' first Dominican player, with the New York Giants in 1956. He was also credited with being Detroit's
first Black player, in 1958. Virgil is a special instructor with the
New York Mets
. ... Sheffield's home run gave him his 1,609th career RBI, which ties him with
for 28th all time. ... Cust returned to the Athletics' lineup after missing two games with an infected right thumb. He was