Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos also homered during Detroit’s big inning, which came after Adam Conley (4-5) had been dominant through four. Mike Pelfrey (2-7) allowed four runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and that was enough for the win.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami.
Conley struck out six in the first two innings. He caught Cabrera looking in the first and swinging in the third, but when the Detroit slugger came up a third time, he hit a drive well beyond the fence in left-center field to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead.
Four relievers finished the game for Detroit after Pelfrey’s departure. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
The Tigers were in a bit of a funk after being swept in a three-game series by AL Central-leading Cleveland. Detroit made three errors in the first five innings Tuesday.
Stanton opened the scoring in the second with his 15th homer of the season, but the Marlins couldn’t break the game open when they had the chance.
Miami led 3-0 in the fifth when Iglesias connected for a two-run shot. After Cabrera’s 17th homer of the season, Conley was taken out, and reliever Nick Wittgren allowed a two-run drive by Castellanos.
Conley was coming off a sparkling outing against Atlanta in which he threw eight scoreless innings. He looked terrific against the Tigers before his night unraveled in the fifth. The left-hander ended up allowing five runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out nine.
Marlins: OF Marcell Ozuna (left wrist) returned after missing two games. He singled twice and scored on Stanton’s homer.
Tigers: RHP Warwick Saupold (right groin strain) made an injury rehab start with Triple-A Toledo on Monday night, allowing a run and four hits in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (6-6) starts Wednesday against the Tigers in the finale of this two-game series. Miami is adjusting its rotation, starting Koehler in that game and pushing LHP Bruce Chen back to Thursday night at Atlanta. Manager Don Mattingly said he wants to match Chen up against the Braves because of the left-handed hitters in their lineup.
Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (0-0) makes his second start of the season.
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