While Max Scherzer accounted for most of the Royals' outs, Alex Avila accounted for all of the Tigers runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, on Sunday at
With a 12 strikeout performance, it looked as though Max Scherzer would finally get his 20th win … but it was not to be.
Drew Smyly took over in the 8th and allowed Alcides Escobar to score from third on a ontroversial wild pitch.
It looked as if the Tigers – and Scherzer – might benefit from an interference call as Avila got tangled with the Royals' Eric Hosmer. Jim Leyland argued it, but the ump wasn't buying it, and the game was tied 2-2.
But Avila took matters into his own hands in the bottom of the 8th, hitting a solo shot over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field, putting the Tigers ahead to stay, 3-2.
It was Avila's second homer of the day; his first was a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the second.
Scherzer's stellar performance was marked by a single run – a solo homer to Alex Gordon in the 4th – giving up five hits and one walk.
The Tigers' woes at the plate continue, as the Tigers left 10 men on base.
After the win, the Tigers magic number is down to nine.