He is the first Tigers catcher to hit five home runs within the club's first 12 games.
Put those two together and the Kansas City Royals held off the Tigers for an 8-6 victory on Tuesday night.
Kelvin Herrera, the fifth of six Royals pitchers, threw three straight sliders to Cabrera to strike him out swinging to end the seventh with the bases full. Cabrera probably was not expecting that from a right-arm that can dial up 100 mile per hour with his fastball. You've got to be ready for anything," Cabrera said.
While Cabrera did have a two-run double off winning pitcher Yordano Ventura in the fifth, he also struck out in the third with the bases loaded.
But by the end of the game, the Royals were forced to utilize closer Wade Davis, who picked up his sixth save in as many chances.
The Royals usually reliable bullpen was anything but with four runs off Danny Duffy and Joakim Soria.
Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered in his third consecutive game, a three-run blast to center off Royals left-hander Duffy.After Duffy struck out the first two batters in the seventh, he yielded a single to Victor Martinez and walked J. Martinez before serving up Saltalamacchia's fifth home run of the season.Pitchers are throwing backward to Cabrera, not giving him a steady diet of fastballs. When he's not hitting .320 or .330, it seems like something is wrong."Hitters like Migey get pitched like that a lot," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. You don't keep pumping heaters to a Triple Crown winner. The truth is its just part of the (young) season because the numbers on the scoreboard are more dramatic or more pronounced, he's off to a bad start.The truth is if this happened in July you wouldn't even notice." Perez, who had one home run and five RBIs in his first 12 games, clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth inning and a two-run double in the third.Both hits came with two outs as the Royals jumped out to an 8-2 lead after five innings.