Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Max Scherzer continues to make his case to get the starting pitching nod in his first ever All-Star game and maybe even his first ever Cy Young. Scherzer improved his record to 11-0 tying a Tiger record for most wins to start a season without losing, tossing seven innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out six in the Tigers 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Comerica Park.
Scherzer allowed both earned runs during a rough first inning but was nearly untouchable from that point on. His six strikeouts continued his streak of at least six punch-outs in every game he’s stepped to the mound this year. Scherzer is also now the first pitcher in baseball to start a season 11-0 since Roger Clemens did so in 1997 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Victor Martinez had by far his best game of the year, reaching base four times, including a first inning grand slam to put the Tigers in the lead 4-2. Martinez also doubled home a run in the fifth inning to increase the Tigers lead to 6-2. The Tigers DH also scored three times, on the grand slam, after his double on single from Jhonny Peralta increasing the lead to 7-2 and on Omar Infante’s two- run home run in the seventh inning putting Detroit up 9-2. Tigers added a final run while reaching a double figure run total in the eighth.
Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter and Andy Dirks each had three hits for the Tigers who as team finished with 15 hits.
Allen Webster took the loss for the Red Sox, giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Al Alburquequer tossed a scoreless eighth and Luke Putkonen allowed a run in ninth in relief of Scherzer.
Tigers and Red Sox close out their four game series on Sunday afternoon with first pitch at 1:08. Justin Verlander (8-5, 3.72 ERA) gets the start against Boston lefty Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.38).