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Tigers' Scherzer strikes out 14 in 5 2/3 innings to beat A's

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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer responded quite nicely to his demotion.

Scherzer struck out 14 in 5 2/3 shutout innings hours after he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Sunday to end a four-game losing streak.

Scherzer allowed two hits, walked four and hit a batter in his first game since he was sent down following a rough opening stretch of the season. He was only called back up because Armando Galarraga, Sunday's scheduled starter, pitched in relief on Friday and wasn't available.

The right-hander fell just two strikeouts short of Mickey Lolich's team record despite being taken out in the sixth inning.

"I don't want to get crazy and carried away, because this was one outing, but obviously that was pretty impressive," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he was hungry to get back here, and it shows. Sending a guy down isn't punishment, it is hopefully to get results like this."

Scherzer was acquired from Arizona over the winter and went 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA in his first eight starts with the Tigers. He fixed a mechanical flaw and gave up one run in 15 innings over two starts with the Mud Hens.

"My arm was wrapping too much around my body -- it's very complex, but I needed to shorten my arm action," he said. "That's what I did, and all of a sudden, my fastball had that zip again."

Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 14th homer, and four RBI for the Tigers, who finished with 15 hits. Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge also connected, and Joel Zumaya pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

Daric Barton hit a two-run homer for Oakland. Dallas Braden (4-5) allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

"They got the leadoff hitter on in every inning and scored in all but one of them," Braden said. "I'm not a math major, but that doesn't seem good for me. Plus we were going against a team that had just woke up Cy Young and brought him to the park. He didn't give us a chance, and I didn't give us a chance."

Detroit scored single runs in the first four innings and five of the first six. Cabrera doubled in a run in the third and hit a three-run shot in the Tigers' five-run eighth.

Scherzer (2-4) struck out seven in the first three innings. Jack Cust got Oakland's first hit in the fourth -- a one-out double that just eluded left fielder Ryan Raburn -- but Scherzer threw a called third strike past Mark Ellis and got Gabe Gross swinging to end the threat.

"I could tell from the first inning from his velocity and the life on his fastball that he was going to have a good game," Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said. "He knew he had to go down there and get some things right, and he knew he was going to have a chance to come up here again and show what he can do. He got a lot of swings and misses, and that tells you what kind of stuff he had."

Scherzer struck out the first two batters of the sixth, then narrowly missed on a 3-2 pitch to Cust. He then hit Ellis with his 113th pitch and was removed by manager Jim Leyland. The crowd of 32,510 saluted Scherzer's effort with a standing ovation.

"That meant a lot," Scherzer said. "These are some of the best fans in baseball, so for them to give me that kind of support -- it tickles me to death."

Phil Coke struck out Jake Fox to end the inning but gave up Barton's third homer in the seventh.

Detroit put the game away with five runs off Vin Mazzaro in the eighth, including Cabrera's fourth homer in three days.

"There's not a lot you can do with Cabrera," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "Dallas had him swinging with one hand off the bat, and he still hit it for a double. Vin threw him a good pitch and Cabrera got under it, and he still hit it out. He's so good and so strong that even his mistakes are trouble."

Notes

  • Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram threw out the first pitch with a professional-looking delivery off the pitching rubber. His fastball, though, was high and outside.
  • Scherzer struck out all nine Oakland starters at least once.
  • Lolich struck out 16 batters twice in 1969.
  • Braden, who pitched a perfect game on May 9, said he didn't feel he was a good enough pitcher to call Roy Halladay when he joined the club on Saturday night. "If there is a protocol that says I should call him, I'd love to, just to have a chance to talk to the man," he said. "But I don't think there's anything a guy like me can say to congratulate a star of his level."
 
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Max Scherzer's last start for Detroit went terribly, but he more than makes up for it against the A's.  (AP)
Max Scherzer's last start for Detroit went terribly, but he more than makes up for it against the A's. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Oakland

D. Barton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Rajai Davis, CF2110211 .263
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000010 .208
Daric Barton, 1B4112033 .278
Ryan Sweeney, RF4000023 .307
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000011 .244
Jack Cust, DH3010120 .286
Mark Ellis, 2B2000121 .298
Gabe Gross, LF2000021 .256
   b- Jake Fox, PH-LF2000013 .224
Landon Powell, C4010010 .261
Cliff Pennington, SS3000111 .213
Totals31242517  
a-struck out for Davis in the 9th
b-struck out for Gross in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jack Cust (1, Scherzer)
HR - Daric Barton (3, Coke)
RBI - Daric Barton 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton 2 (8)
SB - Rajai Davis (20, 2nd base off Scherzer/Laird), Cliff Pennington (6, 2nd base off Scherzer/Laird)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton
E - Vin Mazzaro (1, Misplayed grounder), Landon Powell (2, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden (L,4-5) 61155152 3.60
Vin Mazzaro 2450311 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 95-64, Vin Mazzaro 41-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 8-3, Vin Mazzaro 4-2
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 28, Vin Mazzaro 14
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5210021 .328
Johnny Damon, DH2210210 .283
Magglio Ordonez, RF4122102 .322
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5144011 .352
Ryan Raburn, LF3000014 .177
   a- Don Kelly, PH-LF2010002 .261
Carlos Guillen, 2B5111016 .292
Brandon Inge, 3B3231100 .229
Gerald Laird, C3121001 .168
Ramon Santiago, SS3000002 .250
Totals351015946  
a-lined out for Raburn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (14, Braden), Miguel Cabrera (16, Braden), Brandon Inge 2 (15, Braden, Braden)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (14, Mazzaro), Carlos Guillen (2, Braden), Brandon Inge (6, Braden)
SH - Johnny Damon (1), Gerald Laird (2), Ramon Santiago (2)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (34), Miguel Cabrera 4 (48), Carlos Guillen (9), Brandon Inge (23), Gerald Laird (6)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (11), Miguel Cabrera 3 (16)
PK - Gerald Laird (1, Braden)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
Max Scherzer (W,2-4) 5.22004140 6.42
Phil Coke (H,6) 1.1222011 3.80
Joel Zumaya (S,1) 2000120 1.84
HBP - Ellis (by Max Scherzer)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 113-75, Phil Coke 15-13, Joel Zumaya 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 24, Phil Coke 6, Joel Zumaya 7
Game Information
Attendance - 32510
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye