Tigers offense remains charged in rout of Cardinals

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

St. Louis — Miguel Cabrera hit career home run No. 399 Friday night, one of three homers hit by the suddenly hot-hitting Tigers in a 10-4 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is now tied with Andres Galarraga for the most home runs hit by a Venezuelan-born player. He's also tied with Al Kaline for 53rd on the all-time home run list.

But if you thought he made a big deal out of that afterward, well, let J.D. Martinez explain.

"Miggy doesn't even look at that stuff," he said. "That's what makes him so good, so unique. In the clubhouse he is such a leader. He leads by example. He's hurt, he doesn't care — he plays. Any type of individualism that happens in the clubhouse, he squashes it right away.

"He makes sure the guys know he's not with that. He is the last person that thinks about that or 400 home runs. He just cares about winning."

Box score: Tigers 10, Cardinals 4

It was quite a sequel to the 13-run, 20-hit barrage against the Twins Thursday. The Tigers had 17 hits against the Cardinals, including three home runs, three doubles and a triple. All of this after the Tigers scored two runs or fewer in four straight games.

"There was never any panic or concern in here," Martinez said. "We have veteran guys. We were never worried or really concerned about it. We knew it was only a matter of time."

Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the seventh. Cabrera's wasn't a cheapie, either. He hit it an estimated 415 feet onto to the berm in center field. It was his ninth homer this season and third in two days.

"He has heated up quickly," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's staying back and he's really able to drive the bat through the zone right now."

Cabrera, who talked extensively Thursday about what the milestone means to him and to the people of Venezuela, did not comment after the game.

"It means a lot," Cabrera said Thursday. "But I don't play the game to be better than somebody or pass somebody in home runs. I play the game for passion and for love. That's how I play. Hopefully I hit another one and we win the game."

Done and done.

Cabrera, Anthony Gose, Yoenis Cespedes and James McCann each had three hits.

Cespedes hit his fifth home run of the season and first since April 27. He also had a two-run double in the Tigers' four-run ninth.

Gose had a triple and a two-out RBI single in the eighth.

McCann had a pair of doubles.

Starter Shane Greene pitched five rather stormy shutout innings before leaving with a pinched nerve in his elbow.

The Cardinals got their four runs off the Tigers bullpen on a pair of two-run home runs.

Former Tiger Jhonny Peralta hit a two-shot off Angel Nesbitt in the seventh and Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer off Tom Gorzelanny in the eighth.