Detroit, MI (WKZO) – The Tigers are now a season high 10 games over .500 after Max Scherzer improved to 10-0 and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night in the first game of a 10 game home stand at Comerica Park.
Scherzer became the first Tigers pitcher to begin a season 10-0 since George Mullin was 11-0 in 1909 and the first in baseball since Roger Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997. Scherzer went six innings in the win, striking out 10 and has now recorded six or more strike outs in every game this year. He only allowed one run, a solo home run to Chris Davis in the second inning, seven hits and walked two batters.
The Tigers hitters were able to get to Orioles starter Jake Arrieta earlier after Cabrera hit his 19th home run of the year in the first inning. Austin Jackson was on base after singling to start the game. The Tigers leadoff man had three hits, continuing his hot hitting since return to the lineup after spending more than a month on the DL. Jackson has seven hits in his last three games and is batting .538 during that stretch.
Jackson recorded his second hit of the game in the third inning, driving in Jhonny Peralta, who doubled to start the Tigers half of the third increasing the Tigers lead to 3-1. Peralta advanced to third on a single from Omar Infante, who went 4 for 4 with four singles and is hitting .375 since June 1st.
The Orioles had a great chance to commit some damage off Scherzer after he loaded the bases in the fifth inning but Scherzer got Davis to strike out swinging on a 3-2 count to end the inning. Davis continues to lead the AL in home runs but still trills Miguel Cabrera in batting average and RBI’s.
In the Tigers half of the fifth inning they added on two more runs after Victor Martinez’s sac fly with the bases loaded scored Austin Jackson from third, then Jhonny Peralta followed up with a single to right field scoring Torii Hunter. Martinez however did go 0 for 3 for the game and grounded into two double plays, once in the third and again in the seventh.
Drew Smyly recorded a three inning save setting down all nine Orioles he faced. This was Smyly’s second three inning save of the season.
The Tigers now lead the AL Central by five games and are 23-10 at Comerica Park this season.
Tigers and Orioles continue their three game set on Tuesday night. Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.41) gets the starting nod for the Tigers against Orioles’ Zach Britton (0-1, 9.00)