Max Scherzer Hammered as Tigers’ Central Lead Drops to 5 Games

The pasted Monday night at Comerica Park en route to a 9-5 win. Scherzer allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings — he was yanked in the top of the fourth after allowing two monster home runs and a single.

K.C. took a lead on the game’s first batter, when Alex Gordon ripped a homer to right. Detroit never tied the game again — the Tigers fell behind 5-0, then rallied to within 5-3 but that was as close as they’d get.

The Tigers’ loss was their second straight and carved a full game off their lead in the AL Central, thanks to Monday night wins by both Cleveland and Chicago.

Tigers’ MVP: Miguel Cabrera. Detroit’s slugging first baseman had a pair of singles, a double, scored a run and drove one home. The Tigers’ offense actually generated plenty of chances but couldn’t match Kansas City’s 18-hit outburst.

Tigers’ Goat: Scherzer was a disaster Monday night, serving up batting practice. The low point came in the top of the fourth, when Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez, who had exactly zero career MLB homers entering the game, pounded one almost out to the statues in deep, deep left-center field. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, hit a no-doubter out down the line in left.

Where Detroit’s At: A five-game lead is still pretty comfortable for late August, but the Tigers have dropped two games from their edge on Chicago in the past two days. With the White Sox coming to Detroit Friday, the Tigers would prefer to stop that run.

What’s Next: Doug Fister will try to put an end to the Tigers’ shaky starting pitching Tuesday night. Kansas City will run out lefty Jeff Francis in search of a second straight win over Detroit.

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