HOUSTON -- With reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera delivering another signature performance at the plate and right-hander Max Scherzer dominating on the mound, the Detroit Tigers pounded the Houston Astros 17-2 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Cabrera produced his 26th career multi-homer game and his fifth six-RBI effort, finishing 4 for 4 with two homers and a bases-loaded walk to pace an unrelenting Detroit attack.
The Tigers pounded out 21 hits in producing their eighth victory in nine games and third in a row over the Astros (8-23). Every Detroit starter either scored or drove in a run.
Scherzer (4-0) allowed two singles before Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ended his shutout bid with a two-out homer to right field in the seventh. Scherzer had eight strikeouts in eight innings.
Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell was on quite the roll, enjoying three consecutive wins while allowing just five earned runs in his previous four outings. But the Tigers were quick to reverse that trend, stringing together three consecutive hits in the first, with Cabrera driving in Austin Jackson with his single to right.
Two batters later, Victor Martinez drilled a two-run double to the left-center gap, scoring Cabrera from first base. Jhonny Peralta later added a bloop single to right that capped the four-run first and set the stage for a laborious start for Harrell, who was chased in the fifth.
Cabrera added a two-run homer in the second, rifling a first-pitch fastball off the facade behind the Crawford Boxes in left field. In the sixth, Cabrera added a solo shot off right-hander Jose Cisnero for his first multi-homer game since Sept. 18.
In between, Cabrera had a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and Alex Avila added an RBI double in the fifth that scored Andy Dirks and signaled the call for Cisnero from the bullpen.
Harrell allowed eight runs, 10 hits and four walks, with Detroit peppering several of his 107 pitches.
Given their penchant for accumulating strikeouts, the Astros must have been concerned about facing Scherzer, who ranked second in the American League to Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish in strikeout rate. Sure enough, Scherzer had six strikeouts by the close of the fourth and didn't allow a runner into scoring position until Matt Dominguez singled and reached second on a wild pitch.
NOTES: Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly extended his scoreless innings streak to 13 with two scoreless innings on Friday night and picked up his second victory, tied for the most among American League relievers. His 20 innings pitched rank second and his 21 strikeouts are third among AL relievers. ... Harrell posted a 2.34 ERA at Minute Maid Park last season, which ranked fourth in the National League. His outing against the Tigers was his second this season in which he allowed eight earned runs at home.