Max Scherzer continued his win streak and historic start for the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer pitched 7 innings marking the 12th consecutive starts of 6 innings or more. He struck out 9 rays keeping him amongst the leaders in strike-outs. On a night when he didn’t have ultimate command of his pitches he was still too much of the Tampa Bay Rays helping the Tigers to a 6-3 win.
The bullpen turned in as solid performance with Al Alburquerque, Drew Symly and Joaquin Benoit combining for 2 scoreless 1 hit innings. Benoit closed the game out for his 5th save of the season. Bruce Rondon, who was recalled from Toledo before the game, did not see any action.
The Tigers win snaps a losing streak resulting from a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. It also helps to hold off the Cleveland Indians who have closed the gap on the Tigers lead in the American League Central.
Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Colome pitched well but had no answer for reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera. Miggy was 4-4 with two home runs and 3 RBI’s. Prince Fielder ended his homerless streak but popping a two run homer in the 8th inning to nail down the Tigers win.
The Tigers continue their series against the Rays as Justin Verlander takes to the hill in a nationally televised game The 7:08 first pitch is on Fox’s baseball night in America.