When they pulled into their team hotel Thursday, the Tigers were staring down Ontario Street at an Indians team flush with thoughts of clobbering a Detroit club that had taken its share of drubbings during the past six weeks.

But this is baseball. And this is the American League Central Division. And that means the reverse is always possible, if not entirely probable.

“The world doesn’t end when we play bad baseball,” said Max Scherzer, one of Sunday’s heavyweight talents who helped deliver the Tigers their fourth consecutive victory, 10-4, over the Indians at Progressive Field.

“I don’t get caught up with where and when slumps started,” he said, after being reminded Cleveland was where a bewildering 9-20 ordeal began, which temporarily cost the Tigers first place as it was driving their traumatized fan base to high-rise ledges. “We just didn’t play well for 25 games.

“We believe in the talent here. We’re just playing better. There’s no magic secret.”

The Tigers did manage something of a table-turn during their three-game set at Progressive. This time, it was Detroit administering a sweep. And the Tigers did it in the fashion of a team trying to win its fourth consecutive Central Division title.

Scherzer pitched six-hit baseball, allowing a single run in his six-inning shift, while striking out eight. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ center-cut lineup, their Nos. 3-6 hitters, bludgeoned the Indians with a barrage of extra-base hits.

Miguel Cabrera blasted a first-inning home run into the right-field seats to put Detroit and Scherzer on top. The Tigers added seven runs in a fifth inning that lasted about as long as a typical Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Two errors by the Indians, interspersed by six hits that included two doubles, made it a 9-0 game and prodded a many of Progressive’s 26,023 customers to ponder what might be showing at the local cinema.

Nick Castellanos had one of those fifth-inning doubles and added another on a day when the Tigers got five doubles, including one apiece from Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, and Alex Avila.

“Good to have a little more relaxing game,” said Brad Ausmus, the Tigers manager, who sat in his office after Sunday’s game and acknowledged a certain team from Detroit has been an unorthodox playoff contender in 2014.