KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miguel Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs before leaving in the fifth inning, and the Royals rallied to beat his AL Central champion Tigers 4-2 Tuesday night.
With one game left in the regular season, Cabrera leads the American League in average (.331), home runs (44) and RBIs (139), putting him on the brink of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Cabrera, who is vying with Angels rookie centerfielder Mike Trout for the MVP award, opened a seven-point lead on Trout for the batting title pending Los Angeles' late game against the Mariners. He has one more home run and 12 more RBIs than the Rangers' Josh Hamilton.
Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur homered for Kansas City, and Salvador Perez provided the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning. Jeremy Guthrie improved to 5-0 with six no-decisions in his final 11 starts, the Royals winning 10 of them.