By Jordan Horrobin and Kyle Beery / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera hit a long-awaited and much-needed home run on Thursday night to lift Detroit to a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. In the bottom of the ninth, on a 2-1 count, Cabrera smacked a two-run homer to right field for the Tigers' second walk-off win of the season. It was Cabrera's sixth home run of the year and first since May 20.
"It was huge for us and big for him, you know, to kind of get off the schneid," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He should be happy about it. It was a good day."
Alex Avila got the rally started with a one-out single, his first hit of the game after striking out three times in the first four innings. Then Cabrera clubbed his seventh career walk-off and fifth extra-base hit in the past three games to give Detroit the win.
Like the crowd, Cabrera had to make sure the ball cleared the outstretched glove of Steven Souza Jr. before celebrating.
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