(SportsNetwork.com) - Miguel Cabrera hopes to continue a torrid stretch at the plate on Sunday when the Detroit Tigers close out a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Cabrera further etched his name into the record books on Saturday, as he belted the 400th home run of his career and passed Andres Galarraga for the most home runs by a Venezuelan-born player in major league history in Detroit's 4-3 win.
"It means a lot to me," Cabrera said. "I never expected to hit 400 in the big leagues. I just want to play and win games."
The Tigers managed their fourth straight win when Jose Iglesias singled home the winning run in the 10th inning.
Joakim Soria then came on to close out the game and gave up a leadoff single to Matt Holliday, who tried to stretch it out to a double and was nailed. Matt Adams followed with a single, but Soria struck out Mark Reynolds and Yadier Molina for his 12th save of the season.
Blaine Hardy (1-0) picked up the win for a scoreless inning of relief, while David Price allowed three runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for the Tigers, who have won four of five.
Tyler Lyons allowed three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who have dropped five of their last seven.
"We've got to start seeing these starters go deeper in the games because it's killing our bullpen," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "There's nothing much else to say about that, we've just got to do it."
The story, though, was Cabrera, who has homered four times in his last three games and is 7-for-15 in that span with eight RBI.
"He's definitely the best hitter in baseball and he's hands down the smartest player," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
That may be bad news for St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, who is coming off one of his better outings of the season. Lynn won for the first time in five starts on Tuesday in Cleveland, as he scattered four hits over six scoreless innings. However, he did walk four batters, but improved to 2-3 to go along with a 3.27 ERA.
Detroit, meanwhile, will turn to righty Alfredo Simon, who is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA, but is winless in his last three starts. Simon did not get a decision on Tuesday against Minnesota, but pitched well, as he allowed just a run in 7 2/3 innings of his team's 2-1 win.
SImon is 3-0 with a 3.29 ERA in 17 games (3 starts).
The Tigers are 21-10 versus the Cardinals all-time, but did lose in five games to St. Louis in the 2006 World Series.