CLEVELAND – Miguel Cabrera doubled with one out in the 10th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Ian Kinsler opened the inning with a single off Cody Allen (3-2). After a sacrifice, Cabrera hit Allen’s second pitch off the wall in left-center, scoring Kinsler.
Justin Verlander was one out away from winning for the only the second time in seven starts, but closer Joe Nathan (4-2) blew a save for the fifth time this season when Michael Bourn’s two-out single tied the score.
Phil Coke pitched the 10th for his first save.
Verlander allowed two runs in seven innings, and Rajai Davis and Kinsler homered in the sixth, giving Detroit a 4-2 lead.
Nathan threw 32 pitches in the ninth. He struck out the first two hitters, but singles by David Murphy and Yan Gomes put runners at first and third. Bourn slapped a single through the left side to tie it. Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.
Verlander rebounded from a stretch where he had lost five of six decisions, including three straight starts.
The former AL MVP and Cy Young winner, held the Indians to four hits and struck out eight. Verlander, who was 2-5 with a 7.83 ERA in his last seven starts going into the game, gave up a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the fourth and allowed an unearned run in the second.
Davis broke a 2-all tie with a one-out blast into the home-run porch in left field. Kinsler, whose fielding error in the second cost Verlander a run, followed with a homer into the bleachers in left-center.
Both came off Trevor Bauer, who allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
The Tigers are 12-20 since May 18, but have won three straight for the first time in a month. Detroit leads Kansas City by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.
Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the second and tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single.
Cabrera doubled to lead off the sixth and scored when Martinez lined a single to center.
Santana’s one-out homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie.