Cabrera has seventh straight multi-hit game

Tigers first baseman matches mark he achieved while with Marlins

Cabrera has seventh straight multi-hit game

DETROIT -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is making up for lost time.

The 10-time All-Star hasn't missed a beat after spending six weeks on the disabled list with a Grade 3 calf strain. Cabrera went hitless in his Aug. 14 return and has been nearly unstoppable since.

With a third-inning double, a seventh-inning single and an eighth-inning single during Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Angels, Cabrera reached seven straight multi-hit games, matching a career high. He previously achieved the feat as a member of the Florida Marlins in 2006.

Miggy's three-run double

Cabrera, who has reached base in every game since coming off the disabled list and has hits in all but one of those contests, improved his season batting average to .369. If he remains healthy, he'll soon be in position to qualify for the American League batting title -- which would be his fourth in five years.

A player needs 502 plate appearances to qualify, and he's expected to be on that pace by next week.

"I feel like I can push a little more hard because I missed one month and a half," Cabrera said. "I can go out there and try to put a little more extra in everything to win."

The first baseman's performance Tuesday extended his hitting streak to 10 games, during which he has tallied nine doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. The 3-for-5 night also marked his 14th three-hit game of the season and 188th of his career, tying him with Omar Vizquel for most all-time by a Venezuelan-born player.

But Cabrera's return hasn't been enough to push the Tigers closer to a playoff berth. Though the first baseman said his club remains focused and motivated, Detroit is 4-7 since Aug. 14, including an ongoing losing streak that has reached five games.

"I feel good," Cabrera said, when asked about his physical health. "I think everybody feels good, but we don't get results. We don't play together, and that's the point, I think."

Tuesday's loss dropped the Tigers to a season-high seven games below .500 and into a tie with the Indians for last place in the American League Central.

"Very tough," Cabrera said. "You don't want to be in this position, especially when you fight for something. The season's not over; we know what we can do."

Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.