Thoughts on game 11 of 162

Off to a 3-7 start and facing one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Tigers were able to pick up a much needed win. Brad Penny turned in his best outing as a Tiger and Miguel Cabrera knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning to help the Tigers even their three-game series with the Rangers at one apiece. Prior to Tuesday, the Tigers were 0-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer this season.

It's a winner: Miguel Cabrera (right) had the game-winning RBI in Detroit's 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday. (AP)

Hero: Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera is the Tiger that has been the most consistent at the plate this season. He was the only starting player to get a hit in Monday’s game and he delivered on Tuesday as well. With the bases loaded, he drilled a single to left field that scored Inge and gave the Tigers the win. Cabrera finished 2 for 5 with a double and is batting .385 with 10 RBIs.

Key sequence: The ninth inning when Austin Jackson drew a one-out walk and Ryan Raburn had a two-out walk off of Texas reliever Darren O’Day to load the bases for Cabrera. The Rangers, who intentionally walked Cabrera in the ninth on Monday to bring the go-ahead runner to the plate (Victor Martinez), were forced to pitch to the slugger who delivered.

Penny saver: Brad Penny turned a much-needed strong start for the Tigers. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up three earned runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out two.  He left the game with a 4-3 lead and in position to get his first win as a Tiger.

Hamilton out: Another possible turning point came in the opening inning when Josh Hamilton was tagged out at home plate while trying to score on a foul fly out that was hit 50 feet from behind the plate. Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez convened to catch the foul. Inge caught it and no one was covering the plate at the time so Hamilton tried to score. Martinez beat Hamilton in the foot race and was tagged out, preventing the Rangers from taking a 2-0 lead. Hamilton also was injured on the play (right shoulder fracture) and it was later discovered the injury-prone reigning AL MVP would miss  six to eight weeks.

Up next: series finale with Rangers, 1 p.m. today

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