7:08 PM ET, June 17, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT -- Max Scherzer has shrugged off the significance of his undefeated start, saying records are fluky statistics for pitchers and that he's simply playing for a good team.
"That tickles me when you say those type of names," he said.
He became the first pitcher to begin a season 10-0 -- with all decisions coming in starts -- since Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997, according to STATS. And Scherzer is the first to have at least six strikeouts in his first 14 starts in a season since Martinez did it in 2001 with Boston, STATS said.
"He's at the top of his game pretty much," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Scherzer allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 24th homer in the second, but struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth and the Orioles down by two runs.
"He was just coming after me," Davis said. "Of course, when you're throwing 96, 97, 98, that helps."
Jake Arrieta (1-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and was sent to Triple-A Norfolk after the game with a 7.23 ERA.
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"Stuff has never been an issue with Jake, it's just command," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
With two on and none out in the fifth, Arrieta struck out Cabrera on a wild pitch that allowed two runners to get into scoring position. Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Jhonny Peralta's RBI single to give Detroit a four-run cushion in the fifth, chasing Arrieta.
Scherzer's start ended after finishing off the sixth inning with two strikeouts, giving him at least 10 in a game for the fifth time this year.
Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.08 this season for the AL Central leaders. He is the second pitcher in Detroit history to start this strong since 1909, when George Mullin was 11-0 with one victory as a reliever, the Elias Sports Bureau said in information provided by the Tigers.
Drew Smyly followed with three hitless innings for his second save.
"We got (Scherzer's) pitch count up and got him out of there," Showalter said. "But Smyly is a good one, you can see why they're so high on him."
Detroit began the game leading baseball with an average of 5.72 runs per game at home and almost scored that much through five innings.
Austin Jackson led off with a single and scored on Cabrera's seemingly effortless swing, an opposite-field drive that cleared a high wall in right-center for his 19th homer to make it 2-0.
"I watched the replay on video a couple times and by his swing, you think it might be a fly ball to right field," Arrieta said. "But with the strength he has in his swing, a swing like that on that ball ends up in the seats."
Detroit put RHP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) and C Alex Avila (left forearm) on the 15-day DL and recalled OF Avisail Garcia and C Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo to take their roster spots. The Tigers plan to call up LHP Jose Alvarez to start in place of Sanchez on Thursday at home against the Boston Red Sox. ... The Orioles are planning to start LHP Zach Britton in place of ailing RHP Jason Hammel on Tuesday night against Detroit and RHP Justin Verlander. ... Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez left the team Monday to be with his wife, who is expecting their first child, but Showalter said the team might not put him on paternity leave.
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 17: Jake Arrieta #34 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the first inning during the game...(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Cabrera homered to right (420 feet), A Jackson scored.||0||2|
|2nd||C Davis homered to right (425 feet).||1||2|
|2nd||A Jackson singled to right center, J Peralta scored, O Infante to third.||1||3|
|5th||V Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, A Jackson scored, T Hunter to third.||1||4|
|5th||J Peralta singled to right, T Hunter scored, P Fielder to second.||1||5|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||32,525 (78.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz|
We go Samsung Next Level to show you that Max Scherzer has been shutting down opponents with his heater. This season he leads all American League starters with 53 Ks including the 4 he notched Monday. Scherzer's Opponent batting average, average velocity and total misses ALL rank Top-3 among the 46 qualified starters.[+]
Scherzer Using Fastball - This Season
Miguel Cabrera had three hits Monday, all against breaking balls. Coming off a Triple Crown season, he's been even better this season against breaking balls than he was last year, raising his average almost 50 points in at-bats ending with those pitches.[+]
Miguel Cabrera vs Breaking Balls - Last 2 Seasons
Max Scherzer brought his best fastball when he needed it, throwing 10 fastballs at 96 MPH or higher. He had averaged fewer than four such fastballs per start entering Monday.
Three of Scherzer's four fastball strikeouts came on pitches 96+ MPH. He threw five fastballs at 96+ MPH to Chris Davis with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning, eventually striking him out swinging on a 97-MPH fastball.
Max Scherzer has 5 double-digit strikeout games this season, the most he's had in any season of his career... He's had 9 10-K games in 46 starts since the start of last season (he had 6 in 101 starts in his first 4 seasons).
Max Scherzer now has 5 games with 10+ K this season. He is the first Tigers pitcher in the Live Ball era (since 1920) to have 5 games with 10+ K within the team's first 68 games.
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