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Tigers beat Braves 8-3 for 3-game sweep

Monday - 4/29/2013, 1:00am  ET

NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera is one hitter who can certainly be trusted to swing at a 3-0 pitch.

Cabrera hit a three-run homer on that count Sunday night, and it broke the game open in the seventh inning, helping the Detroit Tigers finish off a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with an 8-3 victory. Austin Jackson and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, and Doug Fister struck out eight in seven innings on a rainy night at Comerica Park.

"You've got to make sure 'Skip' gives you the sign to swing. That's when you decide to swing or not swing," Cabrera said. "That doesn't mean you're going to swing 3-0. You've got to make sure you get a good pitch to hit."

Atlanta's Mike Minor (3-2) allowed a three-run homer to Jackson in the third, and although the Braves came back to tie it, Cabrera doubled and scored in the sixth to make it 4-3.

Infante hit a solo shot in the seventh, and Cabrera added an opposite-field homer on a 3-0 fastball by reliever Cory Gearrin.

"He's the best I've ever seen, opposite-field power," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "A lot guys just don't like to swing 3-0. I think they get caught where they don't want to swing at a bad pitch. I think they get leery of it. ... I've given the green light more in Detroit than any time I've ever managed in my life, but most guys don't swing."

Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Atlanta has lost four straight and is 3-8 since a 12-1 start.

The NL East-leading Braves have a 2
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