DETROIT (AP) — Detroit rookie Kyle Lobstein earned his first major league win, and Miguel Cabrera homered for the third time in two days in the Tigers’ 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
The Tigers beat the Giants for just the second time in 10 games, including San Francisco’s sweep of Detroit in the 2012 World Series. Torii Hunter, getting a rare chance to face a starting pitcher older than he is, had three hits against Tim Hudson (9-10).
Lobstein (1-0) has a 2.11 ERA in three starts since moving into the rotation to replace Anibal Sanchez. He allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and two walks and striking out three. Four relievers finished, with Phil Coke — who took the loss in Game 4 in the 2012 series — pitching the ninth.
Hudson, pitching in Detroit for the first time in 11 years, gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. Hudson and LaTroy Hawkins are the only two active pitchers with a victory at Tiger Stadium, which closed in 1999.
The Tigers took the lead on Hunter’s RBI single in the third, and Cabrera followed with a long homer over the Giants bullpen in left-center field. Detroit could have expanded the lead in the fourth when it put runners on second and third with none out, but Hudson got out of the jam.
The Giants finally got to Lobstein when Angel Pagan’s infield single scored Gregor Blanco with two outs in the fifth. They threatened again in the seventh, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Blaine Hardy retired Pagan and Joe Panik to end the inning.
Ian Kinsler’s RBI double off George Kontos made it 4-1 in the seventh, and Cabrera drove in Kinsler with two outs to give him 11 straight seasons with 100 RBIs. Victor Martinez put the game away with a double into the right-center field gap that was hit hard enough for the hobbled Cabrera to score from first.
Tigers: The Tigers said a decision hasn’t been made on possible offseason ankle surgery for Cabrera, who has been hampered by ankle problems for much of the season. Some reports surfaced Sunday that he will need surgery.
The Tigers might get RP Joakim Soria back as soon as Wednesday. Soria, who has been out since Aug. 10 because of an abdominal strain, is scheduled to pitch live batting practice on Monday. He will return to the active roster barring any setbacks.
Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) could resume baseball activities on Monday, but manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t put a timeline on his return to the lineup. OF Michael Morse (strained oblique) is day-to-day after he was given a cortisone shot on Friday.
Tigers: Justin Verlander (12-12) will face Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie (10-10) Monday afternoon in the opener of a key three-game series between the top two teams in the AL Central. The game was moved from 7:08 p.m. to 4:08 p.m. because the Lions are playing the New York Giants next door at Ford Field at 7:10.
Giants: After an off day on Monday, the team will return home for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks. Arizona’s Wade Miley (7-10) is scheduled to start against Yusmeiro Petit (4-3) in Tuesday night’s opener.