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Detroit wrapped up a 6-1 homestand against the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels and now leads the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over Chicago.
DETROIT - Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has hit his 300th homer, becoming the second Venezuela-born player to reach that mark.
Detroit wrapped up a 6-1 homestand against the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels and now leads the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over Chicago. The White Sox have lost five straight.
Cabrera reached the milestone with a mammoth shot to center in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox - his second homer in yesterday's game, which the Tigers won 6-4. He's the 14th player to reach 300 homers before turning 30, according to STATS, LLC.
Andres Galarraga is the career leader in homers for players born in Venezuela with 399.
Cabrera is 29 years, 95 days old. When Hank Aaron was that age, he had 309 home runs, according to STATS. Barry Bonds had 222 by that age.
A Tigers spokesman, citing ESPN Stats and Info, said Cabrera's second homer of the day was estimated at 457 feet.
Quintin Berry and Brennan Boesch also homered for Detroit to help rookie Jacob Turner (1-1 ) earn his first career win. Four relievers pitched for the Tigers, with Joaquin Benoit working a perfect ninth for his second save of the year.
In Pittsburgh yesterday, Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 for their fifth consecutive win.
Pittsburgh completed its fourth sweep of the season - all at home - while matching its longest winning streak since Sept. 17-22, 2010. The Pirates (54-40 ) remained a half-game behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati.
Miami has lost five straight, scoring a total of seven runs during the slide.