Tony Firriolo/ MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) — Max Scherzer earned his major league-leading 18th win and Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run of the season, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday.
Scherzer (18-1) pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, two runs, no walks while striking out four. He becomes the first pitcher since 1912 to win at least 18 of his first 19 decisions, according to STATS. Scherzer is two wins away from tying Roger Clemens’ 20-1 start with the 2001 New York Yankees.
“I’ve always said the win-loss record is a little flukey,” Scherzer said. “Every time I go out, the guys are putting up runs for me, making all the plays. So I can’t take credit for 18-1. I mean, It’s just stupid if I were to take (credit). The rest of my teammates are doing so much for me.”
Cabrera hit the first pitch he saw Sunday out of the park and added an RBI single in the third inning to give him a league-leading 120 RBIs.
The Tigers (73-51) finish the series winning three out of five, and now hold a seven-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.