The unbeaten right-hander will try to lead the Tigers to a three-game sweep when they take on the Braves in the finale of Atlanta's 10-game trip.
Infante's home run came off former Braves teammate Kris Medlen ."I stayed back and waited for a slider or changeup," said Infante, who had three hits and is 10 for 21 over his last five games. "He threw a fastball and I made a good reaction."
Now the Tigers will send Fister (3-0, 2.00 ERA) to the mound as he looks to keep the Braves' bats quiet and pitch the Tigers to their first three-game sweep of the season.
Fister has posted a 1.23 ERA in his last three outings. He gave up no earned runs in seven innings of a 4-3, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday.
Fister faces an Atlanta lineup that has totaled 12 runs in the six losses on this trip.
The Braves (15-8) have lost seven of 10 since their red-hot start to the season, and they'll be trying to avoid their season-worst fourth straight defeat.
Justin Upton provided one of the bright spots Saturday with his league-leading 12th home run. Upton, though, has batted .250 on the trip after hitting .333 in the first 14 games.
B.J. Upton has continued to struggle, batting .125 in his last eight games to drop his average to .146. He's gone hitless in five career at-bats against Fister.
Minor (3-1, 1.80) gave up more than one earned run for the first time in four starts this year Tuesday, allowing three in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Colorado on Tuesday.
Making his first appearance against the Tigers, the left-hander has dropped his last three outings against AL opponents with a 4.96 ERA.
He'll try to cool off Miguel Cabrera , batting .413 with a homer and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
Prince Fielder , who has one hit and six strikeouts in 13 at-bats on the homestand, has three singles in as many career at-bats against Minor.
After scoring 16 times in their previous seven games, the Tigers have totaled 17 runs in the first two against the Braves.
Detroit has won eight of 10 versus Atlanta, including four straight at home.
|April 23, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Appendectomy|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|April 20, 2013||Dan Uggla||Day-to-Day||Left game - left calf strain|
|April 20, 2013||Blake DeWitt||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|April 16, 2013||Luis Avilan||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring injury|
|April 07, 2013||Cristhian Martinez||15-Day DL||Right shoulder strain|
|April 21, 2013||Octavio Dotel||Day-to-Day||Elbow inflammation|
|April 20, 2013||Octavio Dotel||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|April 09, 2013||Victor Martinez||Day-to-Day||Lacerated right thumb|
|March 22, 2013||Avisail Garcia||15-Day DL||Bruised right heel|
DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera is one hitter who can certainly be trusted to swing at a 3-0 pitch.
Cabrera hit a three-run homer on that count Sunday night, and it broke the game open in the seventh inning, helping the Detroit Tigers finish off a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with an 8-3 victory. Austin Jackson and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, and Doug Fister struck out eight in seven innings on a rainy night at Comerica Park.
"You've got to make sure `Skip' gives you the sign to swing. That's when you decide to swing or not swing," Cabrera said. "That doesn't mean you're going to swing 3-0. You've got to make sure you get a good pitch to hit."
Atlanta's Mike Minor (3-2) allowed a three-run homer to Jackson in the third, and although the Braves came back to tie it, Cabrera doubled and scored in the sixth to make it 4-3.
Infante hit a solo shot in the seventh, and Cabrera added an opposite-field homer on a 3-0 fastball by reliever Cory Gearrin .
"He's the best I've ever seen, opposite-field power," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "A lot guys just don't like to swing 3-0. I think they get caught where they don't want to swing at a bad pitch. I think they get leery of it. ... I've given the green light more in Detroit than any time I've ever managed in my life, but most guys don't swing."
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Atlanta has lost four straight and is 3-8 since a 12-1 start.
The NL East-leading Braves have a 2 1/2-game lead over Washington in the division, with a four-game series against the Nationals starting Monday.
Detroit won the three games in this series by a combined 25-7. Anibal Sanchez set a franchise record Friday with 17 strikeouts, and it looked as if Fister (4-0) might approach that Sunday when he fanned five in the first two innings.
"They're really aggressive," Leyland said. "That's the most aggressive team I've seen. Sometimes that bites you, but most of the time, they're going to score runs, because they hit two- and three-run homers."
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffled his lineup before the game, giving struggling outfielder B.J. Upton the night off. It didn't matter much. Aside from a three-run fourth, the Braves were quiet offensively, and Minor gave up six runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Jackson came to the plate with two on in the third and opened the scoring with a drive that cleared the fence and the bullpen in left-center.
The Braves tied it the following inning. Chris Johnson hit an RBI double, and Evan Gattis drove in a run with a single to make it 3-2.
With men on first and third and one out, Dan Uggla hit what looked like a double play grounder, but Infante's relay from second to first was a bit wide, and the Tigers got only one out on the play, allowing the tying run to score.
Victor Martinez 's sacrifice fly scored Cabrera to put Detroit ahead in the sixth. Minor got the first two outs of the seventh, but Infante hit his second homer in two days, and Jackson drew a walk to end Minor's night.
Gearrin allowed Torii Hunter 's single and Cabrera's homer to right - the third home run of the year for the Triple Crown winner.
"He hits the ball over the right-field fence like a left-handed pull hitter," Gonzalez said.
Fister, making his 100th career start, allowed three runs and six hits with no walks.
Minor allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.
Jose Valverde made his third appearance for the Tigers since returning from the minors less than a week ago. After two saves in two chances, he came on in a non-save situation Sunday - with two on in the ninth and an 8-3 lead.
Valverde got the last three outs in order.
NOTES: The game was played amid a light, misty drizzle, and it started raining a little harder in the fourth, but there were no delays. ... The Braves struck out 39 times in the series. ... Detroit RHP Al Alburquerque pitched an inning-plus of eventful relief. He walked two, struck out three, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. ... Fister had two hit batsmen, bringing his season total to eight. ... Detroit hosts Minnesota on Monday night. Max Scherzer (2-0) takes the mound for the Tigers against Mike Pelfrey (2-2). Atlanta's Julio Teheran (1-0) is scheduled to start against Washington's Stephen Strasburg (1-4).