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Scherzer shuts down White Sox, helps Tigers finish sweep

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CHICAGO -- Max Scherzer wasn't at his best Wednesday.

But it was more than enough to beat the White Sox.

Scherzer threw six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 to finish a two-game sweep.

Scherzer (3-1) won his third straight start, allowing four hits while striking out seven to become the first pitcher in team history with at least seven strikeouts in each of his first six starts.

He also became the first in the majors to do it since Tim Lincecum began the 2010 season with at least six strikeouts in his first seven starts.

But it was the three walks and 105 pitches that gnawed at the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.

''They fought me all the way through the whole at-bat,'' Scherzer said. ''I just thought I could have been a little more efficient so I could have pitched deeper into the game.''

Scherzer beat the White Sox for the second straight time, following up his April 24 win when he went six innings and allowed two runs in a 7-4 victory.

He also helped Tigers win for the fourth time in five games, and shut down the powerful White Sox offense for the second straight day.

''Yeah, we missed out on a couple of opportunities today and yesterday too, but those guys are pretty good pitchers and have been for a while,'' White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said.

''They do some good things in those situations and get the job done. We just have to find a way to battle through on some of those and get some runs across.''

On Tuesday, Justin Verlander and two relievers held the White Sox to seven hits in a 4-3 Detroit win.

Scherzer and the Tigers continued that Wednesday against a team that started the day first in the American League in runs and second in home runs and slugging, coming within one out of a shutout.

''There's 29 other managers that would like to be able to do that,'' Detroit's Brad Ausmus said of starting Verlander and Scherzer on consecutive days.

Chicago's Robin Ventura is certainly one of those managers. As with Flowers, he heaped praise on Scherzer.

''He's great, he's always tough. You get some guys on, you get opportunities and that's when good pitchers really show their stuff. He did that today,'' Ventura said. ''We at least got him a high pitch count and he couldn't get eight or nine innings. But, he's just tough.''

The Tigers got all the runs they needed in a four-run fourth, when Detroit scored four times against Hector Noesi (0-2). Bryan Holaday capped the rally with a two-run double.

Noesi, making a spot start for Chicago, went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. He breezed through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth in his first start of the season.

''We don't know much about the guy, and I don't think he has been extended that far so it may have been a combination of the hitters getting a chance to see him a few times and also maybe because he hadn't been as deep into a game this year,'' Ausmus said. ''He could have been getting a little tired as well.''

The White Sox challenged Scherzer as well, but left seven runners on against the Tigers righty.

''I'm very cognizant of what they're able to do and always willing to give them credit,'' Scherzer said. ''Today I thought they did a good job of battling me but when push came to shove I thought I was better.''

Notes

The Tigers announced that left-hander Robbie Ray will make his major-league debut Tuesday in Detroit against the Astros. Ray, 22, was acquired this offseason from the Nationals as part of the trade that sent starter Doug Fister to Washington, and will start in place of injured starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez is on the disabled list with a laceration on his right middle finger and threw from flat ground prior to Wednesday's game.. C Alex Avila missed his second straight game with back spasms.. Robin Ventura said LHP Chris Sale is ''feeling better'' but a rehab start is a possibility if his recovery continues to be extended. Sale has been on the disabled list since April 22 - retroactive to April 18 - with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. Ventura also said RHP Felipe Paulino (right rotator cuff inflammation) will have a rehab assignment coming up ''pretty soon.''

 
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Max Scherzer -- six scoreless and seven Ks -- has his way with a White Sox team that entered ranked No. 1 in the AL in runs. (USATSI)
Max Scherzer -- six scoreless and seven Ks -- has his way with a White Sox team that entered ranked No. 1 in the AL in runs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Holaday
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Scherzer
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 7
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5020000 .283
Torii Hunter, RF5110024 .300
Miguel Cabrera, DH5120024 .277
Victor Martinez, 1B3012101 .298
J.D. Martinez, LF5110035 .214
Austin Jackson, CF1100300 .307
Nick Castellanos, 3B3001024 .233
Bryan Holaday, C3112110 .292
Andrew Romine, SS4000001 .205
Max Scherzer, P0000000 .000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000 .000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
   Evan Reed, P0000000 .000
Totals34585510  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (7, Noesi), J.D. Martinez (1, Noesi), Bryan Holaday (1, Noesi)
SF - Victor Martinez (3), Nick Castellanos (2)
RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (13), Nick Castellanos (14), Bryan Holaday 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (2), Bryan Holaday 2 (3)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,3-1) 6400370 2.08
Al Alburquerque 1000010 4.50
Joba Chamberlain 1000000 4.35
Evan Reed 1211010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 105-69, Al Alburquerque 14-8, Joba Chamberlain 8-5, Evan Reed 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-4, Al Alburquerque 2-0, Joba Chamberlain 3-0, Evan Reed 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Al Alburquerque 3, Joba Chamberlain 3, Evan Reed 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF3000110 .281
   Jordan Danks, CF0000000 .094
Gordon Beckham, 2B4010000 .160
Jose Abreu, 1B4010001 .270
Adam Dunn, DH3000122 .269
Dayan Viciedo, RF4120012 .348
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010002 .351
Alejandro De Aza, LF3000122 .185
Tyler Flowers, C4011022 .354
Marcus Semien, 3B4000013 .225
Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
Totals3316139  
Batting
2B - Jose Abreu (8, Scherzer), Dayan Viciedo 2 (11, Scherzer)
RBI - Tyler Flowers (9)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Flowers (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Marcus Semien (4, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi (L,0-2) 3.2544120 11.12
Jake Petricka 2.1000120 2.16
Zach Putnam 1000010 1.80
Maikel Cleto 1310220 2.89
Daniel Webb 1000130 2.87
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 51-32, Jake Petricka 31-19, Zach Putnam 14-10, Maikel Cleto 42-26, Daniel Webb 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 3-6, Jake Petricka 3-2, Zach Putnam 1-1, Maikel Cleto 1-1
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 17, Jake Petricka 8, Zach Putnam 3, Maikel Cleto 9, Daniel Webb 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15157
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike DiMuro