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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.
"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."
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."
|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|
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|Rajai Davis, CF||2||1||1||0||2||1||1||.263|
|a- Eric Patterson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.208|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||3||3||.278|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.307|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Jack Cust, DH||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.286|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.298|
|Gabe Gross, LF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.256|
|b- Jake Fox, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.224|
|Landon Powell, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.213|
|a-struck out for Davis in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Gross in the 6th|
|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|
|DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton|
|E - Vin Mazzaro (1, Misplayed grounder), Landon Powell (2, Throwing)|
|Dallas Braden (L,4-5)||6||11||5||5||1||5||2||3.60|
|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|
|Austin Jackson, CF||5||2||1||0||0||2||1||.328|
|Johnny Damon, DH||2||2||1||0||2||1||0||.283|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.322|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||5||1||4||4||0||1||1||.352|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.177|
|a- Don Kelly, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Carlos Guillen, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||1||6||.292|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||2||3||1||1||0||0||.229|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.168|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-lined out for Raburn in the 7th|
|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|
|Max Scherzer (W,2-4)||5.2||2||0||0||4||14||0||6.42|
|Phil Coke (H,6)||1.1||2||2||2||0||1||1||3.80|
|Joel Zumaya (S,1)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 32510|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - James Hoye|