The Detroit Tigers will take an impressive five-game winning streak with them into the All-Star break, after wrapping up a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to cap off a three-game sweep.
Tigers hurler Max Scherzer tossed seven innings of one-run ball to snatch his eighth win of the year, fanning seven Kansas City batters in the process. In addition, Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson, a notable American League All-Star snub, also managed to extend his hitting streak to 15 games in the fifth inning with a single to left field.
Aside from Jhonny Peralta's RBI double in the eighth that extended Detroit's lead further, the Tigers picked up the entirety of their offense from the home run ball on Sunday. Peralta himself started things off with a two-run shot in the second frame, while Delmon Young chipped in a solo homer two innings later. From there, Prince Fielder stepped to the plate in the fifth and sent a three-run bomb to the bleachers in right that broke the game wide open and forced Kansas City starter Everett Teaford to the showers.
Now two games above .500 at the midpoint of the baseball season, the Tigers can regroup for a crucial stretch of their schedule before the July 31 trade deadline comes calling.