Tigers 4, Royals 2
Max Scherzer (30 GS, 200.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 2.83 FIP, 5.1 fWAR) took the mound on Tuesday looking to secure a series victory against division leading Kansas City and while he was far from efficient, he was able to deliver across 6.2 innings of work while allowing just a single run. Max walked four and allowed seven hits to go with his six punch outs, but he pitched out of trouble when he found himself in it and gave his offense a chance. The grabbed a run in the first on two hits, a walk, and a sac fly in the first and then added two more on a Davis blast in the 2nd to provide a nice lead. JD Martinez tacked one on with his 20th home run in the 5th and the team held the lead into the 9th where two infield hits made it close, but a big strikeout of Gordon and a pickoff set Nathan up to finish this one out. Rick Porcello (27 GS, 183 IP, 3.30 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 3.1 fWAR) for the sweep.
The Moment: Nathan K’s Gordon with two on and no out in the 9th.