Tigers 4, Astros 3
Max Scherzer (17 GS, 111.1 IP, 3.64 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 2.8 fWAR) did Max Scherzer things in this one, striking out 13 batters in seven innings while walking one and allowing seven hits. He allowed a pair of runs early but you can probably hang one of those on the poor defense and one on Scherzer. He was pretty dominant, inducing 21 swinging strikes, in this one but unfortunately his offense made him wait when they had scoring chances, particularly when they squandered a bases loaded one out situation in the 7th inning. With two on and two outs in the 9th, however, Ian Kinsler punctuated his road trip with a go-ahead three run bomb that gave the Tigers the lead. Joe Nathan made it interesting when he gave up a solo shot in his half of the inning but the Tigers survived to even the series. They’ll go for the series win and a 7-2 road trip behind Drew Smyly (12 GS, 73.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 0.8 fWAR) on Sunday.
The Moment: Kinsler launches a go-ahead homer in the 9th