ARLINGTON, Texas — Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a go-ahead double in the sixth inning to back Rick Porcello and lift the Detroit Tigers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Jim Leyland earned his 1,699th win as a major league manager as the Tigers remained tied with Cleveland atop the AL Central.
Porcello (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk as the Tigers rebounded from a 10-4 loss to Texas on Thursday night in which ace Justin Verlander was knocked out in the third inning. Porcello is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts since giving up nine runs in two-thirds of an inning April 20 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Geovany Soto homered in his second straight game, a solo shot off Porcello leading off the fifth that cut the Rangers' deficit in half.
Joaquin Benoit escaped a first-and-third jam with one out in the eighth when he induced Nelson Cruz's double-play grounder.
Jose Valverde got three groundouts around a one-out walk to Soto in the ninth, getting his fourth save in five chances this season.
Cabrera, hitting .509 (27 for 53) with runners in scoring position, lined an 0-1 pitchoff the wall in left field near the out of town scoreboard for his AL-leading 42nd RBI. Cabrera nearly put Detroit ahead in the third when he singled to center with Andy Dirks on second base. Leonys Martin made a perfect throw to Soto at the plate for the out.