(Sports Network) - Max Scherzer takes another crack at win No. 20 on Sunday
when the Detroit Tigers wrap up a three-game series with the Kansas City
Royals at Comerica Park.
Scherzer could be on his way to an American League Cy Young Award this season,
as he is 19-3 with a 3.01 ERA. However, he is winless in his last three starts
and has lost the last two times he has taken the ball. He couldn't get to the
fifth inning on Monday in Chicago, as the White Sox reached him for five runs
(4 earned) and six hits in four innings.
"I made too many mistakes," Scherzer said. "I left the ball up, elevated the
ball. I wasn't able to get the ball down and it cost me."
Scherzer has faced the Royals 16 times and is 9-4 with a 3.61 ERA.
Kansas City, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday,
as he tries to win his third consecutive decision. Guthrie was terrific in
Cleveland on Tuesday, as he held the Indians to just a run and nine hits in
six innings to run his record to 14-10 on the year to go along with a 4.11
"I thought Guthrie did an outstanding job," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "and
the reason I say outstanding is because he pitched and kept us in the game
through six innings without his best stuff. ... He did a good job of making
pitches when he needed to, but didn't have his best stuff, and that's what
starters do. They get you through without their best stuff."
Guthrie is 7-4 in 17 games (14 starts) against the Tigers with a 4.14 ERA.
These pitchers will be hard pressed to match the mound effort from Saturday,
as Eric Hosmer's first-inning triple knocked in the only run of the game in
Kansas City's 1-0 victory.
Four Kansas City pitchers made Hosmer's extra-base hit stand up to give the
Royals their ninth win in 13 outings this September, with Ervin Santana (9-9)
scattering five hits and a walk over the first 6 2/3 innings and Greg Holland
surviving a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder in the ninth to notch his 43rd save
of the season.
Fielder was thrown out at the plate to end the game after attempting to score
on Omar Infante's double to left.
Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each went 2-for-4 for Kansas City, which is still 3
1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card.
"This was a huge win for us, we had to have this win tonight," Yost said
afterward. "We had to win this ball game, and in the manner and fashion that
we won it, it was exciting."
Detroit had a three-game win streak halted after mustering just seven hits.
Doug Fister (12-9) was dealt the hard-luck loss, permitting just the one run
and striking out six over 7 2/3 innings of work.
Despite losing the opener of this set on Friday, Kansas City holds a 10-8 edge
in the matchup with the Tigers and has clinched its first season series win
against them since taking 11 of 18 in 2008.
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