MLB: Detroit Tigers snap skid with 7-2 win over Rangers

DETROIT — Andrew Romine had the feeling that Miguel Cabrera regularly experiences — a hit leaves him atop the world. In the sixth inning of the Tigers' 7-2 win over Texas on Friday night, Romine hit his first career homer. He had been hitless in his last 22 at bats until he pulled a bases-empty liner against right-hander Scott Baker.

"You don't expect the first one to be off the foul pole, or to come after a pretty tough stretch of at-bats," said Romine, the shortstop getting his first sustained playing time in the big leagues. "But I wouldn't change it for anything. That's something they're not going to be able to take away from me. Like Omar (Vizquel, the infield coach) said to me, 'Welcome to the club.' I'm going to have it forever."

Romine, who connected on his 236th career at-bat, was hardly the only Tigers hitter of note.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler had three doubles and scored after each. He's hitting .326, tied for the league lead with Cabrera.

In praising Kinsler, manager Brad Ausmus noted, "I like him so much, I haven't rested him yet. I probably should give him a day (off), but I don't think it will be in this series."

He acknowledged that's because he wants Kinsler, in the final two games of this series, to have the added edge of going against his former team.

Some players try too hard against their former teams. But Kinsler is 4-for-7 — four doubles — in the first two games of his first-ever series against the Rangers.

"Quite frankly, he's acting, working and carrying himself exactly the same as if he were playing the Cleveland Indians," Ausmus said. "His temperament hasn't changed."

Kinsler was traded in November for now-disabled Prince Fielder. Now Kinsler, in the mold of Fielder, is an iron man so far for the Tigers.

Fielder's replacement at first base, Mitch Moreland, hit a two-run double in the second for a 2-0 lead. Thereafter Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez faced the minimum 18 batters for the remainder of his outing. He allowed two runners in that time, both on singles. One was erased on a caught stealing and the other on a double play.

Austin Jackson tied the score with a two-run homer in the second — his first homer in a month. Since the last four-bagger, he'd hit .216, with four RBIs in 88 at-bats. Yet he continued to show the level demeanor that he's had throughout his five Tigers seasons. "I try to act that way, anyway," Jackson said with a laugh.

But amid all this impressive work by his teammates, Cabrera turned in what — against the backdrop of history — was the night's most significant feat. His third-inning opposite field double into the right-field corner didn't just score Kinsler with the run that put the Tigers ahead to stay. The hit allowed Cabrera to go past teammate Victor Martinez and take the sole possession of the league lead in hitting until Kinsler caught him .

In a little over a month, Cabrera has raised his average from .206 to .326. Last year, he became the first right-handed batter to win three straight batting titles since Cardinals second baseman Rogers Hornsby won six straight in the 1920s. Now, if there was any doubt, Cabrera has a certified chance to make it four straight.

Within one game, three different Tigers (Martinez, Cabrera, Kinsler) had a piece of the league lead in hitting. It's an honor that can be most temporary. But a home-run next to your name in the Baseball Encyclopedia? For Romine, it's a lifetime pass to the top of the world.

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