(ARLINGTON, Texas) — On a night where Miguel Cabrera seemed unstoppable, Daniel Murphy did just enough to carry his team to victory.
Murphy belted a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead the Texas Rangers to an 11-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.
Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre combined to drive in four runs for the Rangers (29-15) who were able to overcome a three home run game from Cabrera.
“Very nice to be on the winning side,” Murphy said. “Big game, fun game, national TV. We got to witness the best hitter in the game hit three homers.”
The 2012 Triple Crown winner went 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs and now has 11 homers on the year.
Robbie Ross (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win and Joe Nathan closed the door in the ninth for his 13th save. The Rangers took three-of-four games from the Tigers this weekend.
Jose Ortega (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers.
The Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with bruised ribs and called up top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock. He is expected to start for the Rangers Monday night against Oakland.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire