The Detroit right-hander didn't mind, especially once
Avila hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that lifted Detroit over the
Scherzer has two losses and two no-decisions since a 19-1 start. He gave up a run and five hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings Sunday. He was on track to become the first 20-game winner in the majors this year.
Home runs help
Oakland took a 61/2 -game division lead with two weeks left. The A's have won five games in a row and 13 of 16.
Texas is 2-11 in September after beginning the month with a two-game division lead. The Rangers lost their sixth game in row, all at home. This was their first winless homestand of at least six games since moving to Texas in 1972.
The Rangers and the
Rays lose after blowing lead against Twins
Joel Peralta (2-8) gave up a home run to
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 since Aug. 25. Minnesota had lost 11 games in a row to the Rays.