Miguel Cabrera snapped out of his slump with a pair of hits, driving in the go-ahead run and helping the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Cabrera was 0 for 22 before his single in the third inning, but it was his RBI single off reliever Greg Holland in the eighth that proved most important.
It came on the heels of singles by Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch, and snapped a 1-all tie.
Prince Fielder added an RBI single to make things a bit more comfortable for Octavio Dotel (1-0), who had worked around Brayan Pena's double during a scoreless seventh inning.
Joaquin Benoit pitched around a two-out triple by Jeff Francoeur in the eighth, and Jose Valverde took care of the ninth for his second save in three tries.
Bruce Chen (0-1) took the loss.
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