Detroit Tigers right hander Max Scherzer pitched the first complete game of his career tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The reigning Cy Young award winner only came close to trouble twice, in the third and fourth innings. Scherzer walked Alejandro De Aza who promptly stole second with one out in the third. He walked Adam Eaton later in that inning before getting Gordon Beckham to fly out to end the inning.
In the fourth, leadoff batter Conor Gillaspie reached on an error by Miguel Cabrera. After getting Jose Abreu to pop out and striking out Adam Dunn, he allowed a double to Alexei Ramirez to get runners to second on third. He then got Dayan Vicedo to fly out to right field to end the threat.
Scherzer did not allow more than one base runner in any other inning.
The Tigers got all of the runs they would need on a solo home run by Victor Martinez to lead off the fifth inning. Miguel Cabrera made up for his error with a bases loaded single in the eighth inning to plate to and give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They added an empty-netter in the ninth with an RBI single by Bryan Holliday.
White Sox starter Chris Sale took the hard luck loss, giving up just one run, the homer to Martinez, in seven innings while striking out ten.
Scherzer will take the mound next on Tuesday at home against the Kansas City Royals.