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Detroit's Scherzer moves to 11-0 as Tigers rout Boston

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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer allowed two runs in the first inning -- and by the time he took the mound again, he had a two-run lead.

It's been that kind of season for the Detroit right-hander.

Scherzer won his 11th straight decision to start the year and Victor Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Scherzer was terrific after that shaky beginning, and as usual his teammates gave him plenty of run support.

"It's nice to start a season 11-0. It just means we're playing great team baseball and I'm going out there and doing my job," Scherzer said. "I'm credited a ton of run support. That's when you've got to give all the credit to your teammates. Every time I feel like I go deep into a game, they're going to pick me up. They have the whole entire season."

Scherzer allowed a couple runs in the first, including a towering solo homer by David Ortiz, but Martinez's drive put the Tigers ahead to stay. Martinez also hit an RBI double in the fifth, and Scherzer shut down Boston after the first. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Allen Webster (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

"The four runs given back in the first set the tone for the entire evening," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I think he settled down after the first inning and pitched OK."

Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales yielded four runs, including a two-run homer by Omar Infante. Farrell said Morales could go on the disabled list because of left shoulder discomfort.

Scherzer became the first pitcher to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997, according to STATS. The last to start 12-0 also was Clemens, during a 14-0 stretch to begin his AL MVP season in 1986.

"I realize that it takes so many other teammates to put me in that position," Scherzer said. "This is a credit to the Detroit Tigers, for me being in this position. I know I've pitched well, and I know I've given my team a chance to win, but it doesn't always go that way."

The first two hitters singled off Scherzer, and Dustin Pedroia's double-play grounder gave Boston a 1-0 lead. Ortiz's 16th homer put the Red Sox up by two.

Detroit erased that deficit in a hurry. After singles by Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera drew a walk. Prince Fielder struck out, but Martinez's line drive cleared the wall in right for his third career slam.

"It's big, when you give an answer like that," Martinez said. "It's always big to come right back, especially with Max on the mound. Everybody knows how well he's been throwing the ball."

Scherzer allowed only two hits in the next four innings. In the fourth, Mike Carp's tapper went for an infield hit, and he went to third on the play when Scherzer threw wildly to first for an error. Carp was stranded after Daniel Nava's flyout.

Jose Iglesias appeared to have a double in the fifth, but he stumbled past second base while beating Hunter's throw from right field and was tagged out.

Ortiz hit a drive in the sixth that Jackson ran down in deep left-center. Scherzer struck out his final batter in the seventh -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- for his sixth strikeout. He's reached that mark in all 15 starts this year.

Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.05. He's received 7.84 runs of support per nine innings, the most in baseball.

The Tigers kept right on scoring Saturday. Andy Dirks singled, stole second and came home on Jackson's single in the fourth. Webster was lifted with nobody on in the fifth, and Morales allowed a walk to Fielder, a run-scoring double by Martinez and an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta.

Infante's homer in the seventh made it 9-2. Fielder hit into a bases-loaded double play in the eighth, bringing another run home.

Saltalamacchia hit an RBI single in the ninth.

Notes

  • Jackson, Hunter and Dirks each had three hits.
  • Ortiz's 18 homers at Comerica Park are the most there by a visiting player, according to STATS.
  • For a second straight night, Shane Victorino tried to throw out Cabrera at first base from right field on what looked like a clean single. Cabrera has beaten the throw both times. Victorino also tried it on a hard single by Hunter and nearly got him. In the ninth, Hunter charged Ortiz's single as if he wanted to try to throw to first, but Fielder wasn't covering the bag.
  • Detroit C Alex Avila (bruised left forearm) is expected to be with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday for a rehab assignment. He has been on the DL since June 17 and expects to be ready when he's eligible to come off.
  • Detroit ace Justin Verlander (8-5) faces Boston LHP Felix Doubront (4-3) on Sunday.
 
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Detroit starter Max Scherzer allows two runs and six hits in seven innings en route to his 11th win this season. (USATSI)
Detroit starter Max Scherzer allows two runs and six hits in seven innings en route to his 11th win this season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4120002 .286
Shane Victorino, RF4010023 .291
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000003 .305
David Ortiz, DH4121011 .309
Mike Carp, 1B4110021 .321
Daniel Nava, LF4010001 .275
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4011010 .262
Stephen Drew, SS3000111 .221
Jose Iglesias, 3B3020000 .438
Totals34310217  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (16, Scherzer)
HR - David Ortiz (16, Scherzer)
RBI - David Ortiz (55), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (29)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Carp, Drew-Pedroia-Carp
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Allen Webster (L,0-2) 4.1855251 11.25
Franklin Morales 2.1544241 7.30
Alex Wilson 1.1211100 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - Allen Webster 82-52, Franklin Morales 48-31, Alex Wilson 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Allen Webster 3-3, Alex Wilson 1-2
Batters Faced - Allen Webster 21, Franklin Morales 14, Alex Wilson 6
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5231011 .299
Torii Hunter, RF5130011 .302
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3110210 .368
Prince Fielder, 1B4100114 .275
Victor Martinez, DH3325201 .231
Jhonny Peralta, SS4011032 .327
Andy Dirks, LF4130011 .251
Omar Infante, 2B4112014 .300
Brayan Pena, C4010003 .290
Totals361015959  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (12, Morales)
HR - Victor Martinez (6, Webster), Omar Infante (5, Morales)
RBI - Austin Jackson (16), Victor Martinez 5 (38), Jhonny Peralta (33), Omar Infante 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (7), Omar Infante 2 (10)
SB - Andy Dirks (6, 2nd base off Webster/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base by Webster/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Infante-Peralta-Fielder, Infante-Peralta-Fielder
E - Max Scherzer (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,11-0) 7622061 3.05
Al Alburquerque 1100110 2.76
Luke Putkonen 1311000 2.19
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 105-66, Al Alburquerque 19-12, Luke Putkonen 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-6, Luke Putkonen 2-0
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Al Alburquerque 5, Luke Putkonen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42508
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Mike DiMuro