The Tigers let their stars do the talking on Sunday afternoon as they beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 at Comerica Park. Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run of the season and Max Scherzer picked up his 18th win and the Tigers were able to win their critical five game series over the Royals. The win now extends their lead over Kansas City to eight games.
Miguel Cabrera picked up right where he left off on Saturday night. On the first pitch he saw from Bruce Chen, he launched a two run home run into the left field seats to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cabrera pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third inning on a RBI single. The Tigers would add one more run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to push their lead to 6-0 before the Royals would get on the board with a pair of seventh inning runs.
Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to pick up his league leading 18th win. He allowed only two runs on five hits. The odd part for Scherzer on Sunday was his strike out totals. He came into the game second in the league in strikeouts but ended the game with only four. He handed the controls to Joaquin Benoit for the ninth inning who gave up a lead-off home run to Billy Butler, and allowed another base runner to reach, but successfully completed the game to preserve the win.
The Tigers now get to have an off day on Monday. They will remain at home and start up a three game series with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.