7:15 PM ET, June 22, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
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 was terrific after that shaky beginning, and as usual his teammates gave him plenty of run support.
To The Max
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer struck out six Red Sox on Saturday night, giving him at least six K's in each of his first 15 starts this season. That's the fourth-longest per-game run of at least six K's to start a season since 1900. Here's a look:
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"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."
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.
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"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.
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.
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after hitting a first inning home run...(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||D Pedroia grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, J Ellsbury scored, S Victorino out at second.||1||0|
|1st||D Ortiz homered to right (413 feet).||2||0|
|1st||V Martinez homered to right (371 feet), A Jackson, T Hunter and M Cabrera scored.||2||4|
|4th||A Jackson singled to center, A Dirks scored.||2||5|
|5th||V Martinez doubled to left, P Fielder scored.||2||6|
|5th||J Peralta singled to left, V Martinez scored.||2||7|
|7th||O Infante homered to left (393 feet), V Martinez scored.||2||9|
|8th||P Fielder grounded into double play, shortstop to second to first, A Jackson scored, M Cabrera out at second, T Hunter to third.||2||10|
|9th||J Saltalamacchia singled to left center, M Carp scored, D Nava to second.||3||10|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||42,508 (103% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|
Max Scherzer is just the 5th starting pitcher in the past 40 years to start a season 11-and-0 or better. The last to do it was Roger Clemens in 1997. Three of the previous 4 to start a season that well went on to win the Cy Young Award that season.[+]
From Elias: Max Scherzer has struck out at least 6 batters in each of his 1st 15 games this season. That's tied for the 4th-longest streak of 6+ K games to begin a season by any pitcher since 1900.[+]
Victor Martinez's grand slam was the first allowed by Red Sox pitchers this season. Entering Saturday, Red Sox pitchers had 82 plate appearances with the bases loaded, the most PA with bases loaded by any team that had not allowed a grand slam this season.
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