He absolutely doesn't like to do it.

But, boy, he's sure glad he did.

Miguel Cabrera flat-out ambushed Braves reliever Cory Gearrin on a 3-0 fastball, and sent it rocketing into the seats in right field for a three-run homer to give the Tigers a cushion in what eventually became an 8-3 victory over the Braves on Sunday night.

"No," Cabrera said in a postgame clubhouse that more resembled a dance club, as Detroit celebrated its first sweep of the season — and against the team that entered with the major leagues' best record, no less. "You gotta make sure Skip gives you the sign to swing.

"And that doesn't mean you swing 3-0. You gotta get a good pitch to hit."

Did he ever.

Gearrin grooved a fastball on the outer edge of the plate that Cabrera didn't miss, sending a waterlogged crowd into a frenzy in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Amazingly, it was just the second time in his career that Cabrera has homered on a 3-0 count. The last time was in 2009, off Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak.

He just doesn't like to do it. Most hitters, in fact, don't. (Prince Fielder's never homered on 3-0). The majority of 3-0 fastballs go right down the middle, untouched.

But not Gearrin's.

"I never give Miguel the take, him and Prince, unless you think the game's a lopsided game and you don't want to get anybody hit (as retaliation)," manager Jim Leyland said. "A lot of guys just don't like to swing 3-0. They get caught where they don't want to swing at a bad pitch. I think they get leery of it. Miguel obviously was ready, as good a hitter as he is."