Brennan Boesch had his biggest game of the year as the Tigers outslugged the Rangers 13-7 tonight. Swingin' Brennan paced an 18-hit Tigers attack with a career high five hits, including a pair of homers, a double and two singles. After batting just .186 in May, the streaky Boesch is 10 for 21 so far in June.
Other Tigers with multiple hit games were Austin Jackson with three and Miguel Cabrera and Danny Worth with two apiece. In addition, Andy Dirks hit his third homer in 15 games and Alex Avila hit his 9th of the year.
The Tigers needed a lot offense tonight because Max Scherzer was off his game once again allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings. He has now allowed 19 runs in his last three starts to raise his season ERA to 4.68. He went through a similar stretch last year, but quickly turned it around after a brief trip to the minors. Another trip to Toledo is not likely this year, but he needs to get going fast as they aren't going to score 13 runs very often.
The Indians lost again tonight so the Tigers are just 1 1/2 games back now. Tomorrow night, it will be Rick Porcello versus Rangers lefty Matt Harrison in game two of the series.