TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera may not have made a game-saving defensive play or come through with a game-winning hit, but he did reach base an astonishing eight times in the Blue Jays 6-5, 19-inning victory over the Tigers on Sunday. He became the first player to do so since the Twins' Rod Carew accomplished the feat on May 12, 1972 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cabrera drew five walks and had three singles in 10 plate appearances, and he has now hit safely in 94 of 118 games this season. The final walk was intentional and came prior to teammate Jose Bautista's bases-loaded walk-off single.
The Blue Jays left-fielder has been the team's most consistent bat this season, posting a .318 average with 14 homers and 62 RBIs. Cabrera has 45 multihit games, and he has registered more than three base hits in a game 12 times this season.
He has emerged as one of the team's most dependable players after suffering through a difficult 2013. Last season, Cabrera was hampered by a benign tumor near his spine that limited him to 88 games. The club has previously said the surgery to remove the tumour has allowed the 29-year-old to play to his potential, and he's looking like the player they'd thought they signed back in November '12.
Cabrera has appeared in all but one of the Blue Jays 119 games this season.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.