The ninth is when it fell apart. Al Alburquerque struggled again, as he allowed an RBI single and another homer—this one a two-run shot—to push the score to 7-1.
The story of the game were the offense’s missed opportunities early on, and their inability to get much going against Holland after that. Hernan Perez chipped in with an RBI single in the fourth to score Jhonny Peralta to cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-1, but that was all the Tigers would get.
Scherzer suffered just his first defeat since the first game of a doubleheader on September 23, 2012.
Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.71 ERA) goes tomorrow in his final start—and the Tigers’ final game—before the lengthy All-Star Break. The Rangers will send out Martin Pérez (3-1, 2.08 ERA) to oppose him. Pérez has faced the Tigers once, and lasted only 0.2 IP, as he allowed four runs on three hits.