Max Scherzer wasn't at his best, but he pitched well enough to win his 12th game tonight against the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers. Scherzer left after six innings with a 5-2 lead. A steady rain was falling at Comerica Park which must have caused Tiger reliever Joquin Benoit to lose his grip. Benoit gave up two home runs in the 8th inning leading to 3 runs to let Texas tie the score at 5-5.

Brennan Boesch then smoked his 16th homer in the bottom of the 8th to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead. A slippery, wet playing surface led to two runners reaching base in the 9th off closer Jose Valverde. Papa Grande would eventually get the Rangers out to earn his 29th save in 29 opportunities. Benoit earned his 3rd victory, despite blowing a save and squandering the lead. Alex Avila had a big night, hitting his first homer in more than a month and driving in three Tiger runs.

The Tigers and Rangers will play again tomorrow night (Tues) at Comerica Park. Newly acquired pitcher Doug Fister will make his Tiger debut against the Ranger's Matt Harrison. 7:05 pm first pitch.

The Tigers will maintain at least a 2 game lead over 2nd place Cleveland (at Boston) and 4 and a half game lead over 3rd place Chicago (losing 6-0 to Yankees at Chicago). Depending on the outcome, the Tigers could enjoy a bit of breathing room in the American League Central standings.