CINCINNATI – Miguel Cabrera passed two superstars with a homer Saturday night, and JaCoby Jones hit a two-run shot in the ninth off Raisel Iglesias, rallying the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
After failing to bunt with Austin Romine on first base, Jones snapped a 4-4 tie with his homer into the Reds' bullpen in center field off Raisel Iglesias (0-1), who set a Reds record for a reliever with 12 losses last year.
“I said in the dugout, ‘(The heck with) bunting,'" Jones said. “'We're here. Let me hit.'”
Cabrera salvaged his four-strikeout day with a seventh-inning, two-run home run that lifted Detroit to a brief 4-3 lead and broke a tie with Adrian Beltre for 30th place on the career home run list.
Cabrera now has 478. Hall-of-Famer Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff are tied for 28th with 493 each.
“We got the ball, I think,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The numbers show he played a long time. He's one of the greatest players of all time. He certainly is one of the greatest of my generation. He's still that guy. He does spectacular."
The two RBIs boosted Cabrera past Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and into 25th place on the career RBI list with 1,696. He needs three to tie another Hall-of-Fame inductee, Jim Thome.
Reds starter Luis Castillo reached double figures in strikeouts for the 10th time in his four-year career, fanning 11, including Cabrera swinging all three times in three appearances. The 2019 All-Star allowed six hits and one run with one walk in six innings.