Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run and added an RBI single to help Missouri native Max Scherzer become baseball’s first 18-game winner as the Detroit Tigers beat the Royals 6-3 Sunday to take three out of five in the series.

Scherzer gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. Bruce Chen suffered his first loss as a starter, now 5-1, by allowing six earned runs on eight hits over 5 .1 innings.

Billy Butler homered in the ninth.