The Detroit Tigers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 in the series opener, but the headline was starting pitcher Max Scherzer picking up his 12th win of the season and staying undefeated.
Scherzer gave up just four hits and three earned runs along with recording nine strikeouts and one walk in seven solid innings of work. The first couple of runs given up were solo home run shots by Ben Zobrist and Wil Myers in the fourth and fifth innings. Luke Scott then doubled in the seventh to bring in Myers.
Miguel Cabrera aided in the victory with two home runs in the first and fourth innings, then Prince Fielder sealed the deal with a two-run blast in the eighth inning.
It’s the first time that a Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher has started 12-0 in a season, and the first in the MLB to do it since 1986 since Roger Clemens did it for the Boston Red Sox.
Clemens went on to finish with a 24-4 record and a 2.48 earned run average. He had 10 complete games and gave up an average of just 6.3 hits every nine innings.
In comparison, Scherzer currently has a 3.05 ERA with zero complete games and gives up around 6.1 hits every nine innings.