The Tigers capped off a long series with the Kansas City Royals with a 6-3 victory as they ended up taking three of five, despite dropping both games of the double header on Friday.
Max Scherzer was rarely in trouble as he collected his 18th victory of the year, and improved to 18-1 on the season. Scherzer went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits, along with 4 strikeouts. Despite the low strikeout total, Scherzer didn’t get into much trouble and the Royals didn’t really threaten until the seventh inning, when they scored their only two runs off him.
Billy Butler hit a lead off solo homer against Joaquín Benoit in the ninth, but Benoit retired the Royals in order after that and helped the Tigers sew up a victory and a series win.
Miguel Cabrera got the Tigers offense started with a solo shot in the first, and the followed that up in the third with an RBI single, scoring Torii Hunter. In the fifth inning, Hunter hit a sacrifice fly to score Austin Jackson and pad the Tigers’ lead. The Tigers then added a couple insurance runs in the sixth to close out the scoring on their end.
After a day off tomorrow, the Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins. Rick Porcello (9-6, 4.33 ERA) will oppose Mike Pelfrey (4-10, 5.26 ERA).