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Scherzer wins 10th game as Tigers topple Jays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Max Scherzer doesn't feel any different on the mound.

His manager and teammates see an air of confidence in the Detroit right-hander, one that's turned him into a consistent winner.

Jhonny Peralta and Gerald Laird each homered, Scherzer became a 10-game winner for the first time and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Thursday.

Scherzer (10-9) gave up six hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

"You can see him on the mound, he has a mound presence that is saying 'Hey, I'm doing pretty good and I feel pretty good about myself,"' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You'd be a fool if you can't see that."

Third baseman Brandon Inge has noticed the change in Scherzer.

"He's confident right now and it kind of bleeds into us and what we're trying to do," Inge said. "It's good whenever you have a guy that, when he toes the rubber, you know he's going to take it to the other team."

Scherzer, however, denies feeling any more confident when he takes the hill.

"I'm pitching the same way as I did my whole life," he said. "Every start has been the exact same."

Results, however, have been far better for Scherzer since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 30. He's 9-5 with a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts since.

"Ever since he got back from Triple-A he's got that confidence where he believes in his other pitches, like his changeup and slider," Laird said. "When he started doing that, you could tell."

Tigers starting pitchers are 6-0 with an 1.09 ERA in the past seven games, striking out 43 while walking seven. Detroit is 6-1 in that span.

"As a whole, we're putting it together," Scherzer said. "We're doing a much better job of not walking people and when that happens, you allow the defense to make plays behind you. Nine times out of 10, they do. When we're not beating ourselves, we can be a pretty good group. That's the key to our success right now."

Detroit's only loss in the past week came Wednesday. The Tigers blew a three-run lead before Kansas City's Willie Bloomquist hit a solo homer in the 12th inning as the Royals won 4-3.

"We did let one get away yesterday so it's nice to bounce back," Leyland said.

Peralta hit a three-run drive and Laird added a two-run shot in Detroit's six-run fourth inning. It's the eighth time in eight road games that the Tigers have hit two or more home runs. They've hit 19 in that span.

Toronto's Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 41st home run, a leadoff drive into the second deck in left in the seventh. It was the 100th homer of Bautista's career.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 193 homers this season, including an ML-high 108 at home.

Eddie Bonine worked the ninth for the Tigers.

Detroit did all its damage against Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero (10-8) in the fourth, sending nine men to the plate. Ramon Santiago led off with a single, Johnny Damon walked and Santiago went to third when Miguel Cabrera flied out to deep center. Ryan Raburn followed with a grounder to third, but Edwin Encarnacion's throw to second pulled Aaron Hill off the bag as Santiago scored and Damon advanced to third. Peralta followed with a homer to left, his 13th.

Brandon Inge grounded out and Casper Wells walked before Laird also went deep to left, his fourth.

Romero, away from the team the past two days because of strep throat, allowed six runs, three earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five, matching a season high, and struck out four.

"I didn't pitch like I wanted to and I left some balls over the middle and cost us the game," Romero said. "I don't want to use the whole I was sick excuse because I felt great."

Detroit added one more in the seventh off reliever Casey Janssen when Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk.

Toronto had two hits and a stolen base off Scherzer in the third but failed to score. Encarnacion was thrown out at second by Raburn trying to stretch a single into a double, and Fred Lewis was thrown out at third after hitting a single to left and stealing second.

Cabrera doubled to center in the ninth, giving him 40 this season and making him only the fourth player in Detroit history with 40 or more doubles and 30 or more homers in a single season. Hank Greenberg, Bobby Higginson and Rudy York were the others. Cabrera has 31 homers.

Notes

  • Scherzer has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts.
  • Tigers OF Brennan Boesch was held out of the starting lineup.
  • Toronto 2B Hill batted eighth for the second straight game.
  • Encarnacion's error was his team-leading 14th of the season.
  • Romero lost for the first time since July 22 at Detroit.
  • Laird has hit safely in a season-high seven straight games.
 
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Jhonny Peralta gets a high-five after he hits a big three-run home run to back Max Scherzer's effort.  (AP)
Jhonny Peralta gets a high-five after he hits a big three-run home run to back Max Scherzer's effort. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5120000 .307
Ramon Santiago, 2B5120001 .280
Johnny Damon, DH3110200 .269
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5010015 .340
Ryan Raburn, LF5111024 .245
Jhonny Peralta, SS4114132 .244
Brandon Inge, 3B3000104 .257
Casper Wells, RF2100210 .154
Gerald Laird, C4112002 .203
Totals3679767  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (40, Carlson)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (13, R. Romero), Gerald Laird (4, R. Romero)
RBI - Ryan Raburn (40), Jhonny Peralta 4 (61), Gerald Laird 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (24), Gerald Laird 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Raburn 1
DP - Peralta-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,10-9) 8611181 3.60
Eddie Bonine 1100000 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 116-75, Eddie Bonine 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-8, Eddie Bonine 2-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 28, Eddie Bonine 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Fred Lewis, LF4010032 .269
Yunel Escobar, SS4000001 .252
Jose Bautista, RF3121100 .261
Vernon Wells, CF4010012 .273
Adam Lind, DH4000002 .232
John Buck, C3000010 .283
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000020 .248
Aaron Hill, 2B3000010 .206
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3030000 .249
Totals3117118  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (27, Scherzer), Vernon Wells (38, Bonine)
HR - Jose Bautista (41, Scherzer)
RBI - Jose Bautista (96)
SB - Fred Lewis (14, 2nd base off Scherzer/Laird)
CS - Fred Lewis (5, 3rd base by Scherzer/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Hill-Overbay
E - Edwin Encarnacion (14, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Romero (L,10-8) 5.2463542 3.54
Casey Janssen 1.1311110 3.79
Shawn Camp 1100010 2.81
Jesse Carlson 1100010 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 98-47, Casey Janssen 30-16, Shawn Camp 11-8, Jesse Carlson 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 10-3
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 26, Casey Janssen 8, Shawn Camp 4, Jesse Carlson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16088
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Brian O'Nora