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Detroit Tigers win Saturday without a Miguel Cabrera homer as he seeks his 500th roundtripper

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera is finding ways to help the Detroit Tigers while he waits for career homer No. 500.

Cabrera’s leadoff walk sparked Detroit’s two-run eighth inning, sending the Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

Cabrera singled, flied out, was hit by a pitch and walked. The last two results drew loud boos from the crowd of 32,845, hoping to see the milestone homer.

“I know the fans want to see Miggy do it, but we’re not pitching any different to him than we would any other night,” Indians interim manager DeMarlo Hale said. “We were trying to hit the edges and we missed a few pitches.”

With the game tied at 4, Cabrera nearly started the eighth with No. 500 — ripping a 3-2 pitch just foul down the right-field line.

“I was in the on-deck circle, and I thought that was it,” Jeimer Candelario said. “The fans have been so excited this weekend I thought they might run on the field when it went out.”

Bryan Shaw (5-6) walked Cabrera on the next pitch.

Jacob Robson ran for Cabrera, and Candelario and Renato Nunez singled to load the bases with no one out.

Eric Haase followed with a bloop single over the drawn-in infield, putting the Tigers ahead 6-4.