An issue with Martinez’s back and side has kept him sidelined for five of Detroit’s last seven games.
The 35-year-old Martinez is hitting .323 with 20 home runs this season. The 26-year-old Martinez is hitting .317 with nine home runs.
One might wonder how the Astros let the 26-year-old Martinez get away.
Victor Martinez has a good friend in Adrian Beltre.
Watch the video below to see Cabrera’s home run and watch Ausmus and the players who contributed to the ninth inning rally talk about the win.
“I’m quite a ways away,” Leyland said, “but at the same time pretty close.”
Martinez has three homers in the last four games. He does not put too much stock in the sudden power surge.
Victor Martinez helped the Detroit Tigers overcome the struggles of Joe Nathan.
“Hopefully we can have him ready for the game back in Boston,” Leyland said. “Whether we’re going to have that or not, I don’t really know.”
Always one to deliver in big-game, high-drama moments, though, Cabrera broke his homerless streak Thursday with a two-run bomb that gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.