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|WP: Max Scherzer (4 - 6)
SV: Jose Valverde (16)
LP: Ian Kennedy (3 - 5)
Early on, when it took Max Scherzer several innings worth of pitches to get through the third out of the game, it looked like another long bullpen day for the Tigers was in the cards. Scherzer, fortunately, settled in nicely and stayed on the mound long enough for his team to finally score some runs in a quick outburst of the seventh inning.
Brennan Boesch shows no signs of slowing down, as he drove himself in as the go-ahead run with his 10th home run of the season. (And it took just 175 at-bats to do so.) That was followed up by a solo shot by Carlos Guillen.
And almost as quickly as the Tigers' scoring outburst began, they reverted to their formerly placid self. Fortunately the damage was done.
Scherzer finished the night with eight strikeouts in seven innings, and having allowed a run on two walks on four hits..
A painless inning by Joel Zumaya and a few dance moves by Jose Valverde later and that was that. Detroit won its eighth game of a nine-game homestand and will take Monday off to enjoy it.
Unfortunately, the row to hoe gets a little rougher starting on Tuesday with the red-hot Mets and then a trip to meet the first-place Braves. (The Twins are champing at the bit for Detroit's schedule to get a bit tougher, you have to think.)