The Detroit Tigers take the final game of their five-game series with the Kansas City Royals 6-3. The win stretches the Tigers lead over the third place Royals to 8.5 games; all but knocking them out of the American League Central race.
At the onset of the series, the Royals had hopes of making the division race interesting. They nearly accomplished their goal after sweeping a double-header and taking a lead late in the game Saturday night. It took dramatic home runs from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera to rally the Tigers back on Saturday and the offense kept rollin’ on Sunday.
Miguel Cabrera staked Max Scherzer to a 2 run lead in the first inning with a 2 run bomb. It was Cabrera’s 40th home run of the season and it is all that Max Scherzer would need. Max Scherzer threw eight innings while scattering 5 hits and giving up 2 earned runs en route to his 18th win of the season. A solid start by Max Scherzer who continues to make a case for this years CY Young award.
The Royals played hard until the end of the game when Billy Butler hit a solo-home run off of closer Joaquin Benoit to start the ninth inning. Kansas City would get another runner on base to make it interesting but Benoit would finally close it out to secure the victory.
The Detroit Tigers improve their record to 73-51 and take a half game lead over the Red Sox for the best record in the American League. The Tigers continue their home stand against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Rick Porcello will opposed the Twins Mike Pelfrey in a 7:08 start.
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