At 7-0 after beating Twins, Scherzer happy with his work
- Article by: NOAH TRISTER
- Associated Press
- May 27, 2013 - 8:19 AM
DETROIT - Max Scherzer has a lot to be happy about so far this season — beyond his snazzy 7-0 record.
"If I was 0-7 but pitching well and giving the team a chance to win, I'd still be as proud of that," Scherzer said. "For me, it's all about going out there and making sure that I'm pitching deep into games and keeping their offense down, and I've been doing that for the most part."
Scherzer pitched six solid innings to remain undefeated this year, and Avisail Garcia broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Sunday. Scherzer, who retired his last 22 batters in a win at Cleveland on Tuesday, allowed a run and three hits Sunday.
"He's added a curveball a little bit more, just another weapon, just kind of a `show-me' pitch," manager Jim Leyland said. "When he gets in that arm slot and can be repetitive with it, he's pretty nasty."
Scherzer struck out six and walked three. Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers, and Prince Fielder drove in a run with a fourth-inning double. Garcia, pinch-hitting in the sixth, cleared the bases to make it 6-1.
Mike Pelfrey (3-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Minnesota has lost 11 of 12.
Scherzer set down the Twins in order in the first, extending his streak of batters retired to 25 before Minnesota drew back-to-back walks to start the second. He is the first Detroit pitcher to start the year 7-0 since Jeremy Bonderman was 8-0 in 2007.
"Obviously, it's pitching with fastball location, I thought my changeup was good," Scherzer said. "But it's keeping them off balance with that curveball that really allows me to have success."
Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.42.
"Even when he doesn't have his best stuff, he's really good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He almost never elevates the ball and his stuff is moving all over the place. With the guys over there, if you don't get them early, you probably aren't going to get them at all."
Hunter opened the scoring in the first with an opposite-field solo homer, and in the fourth, Miguel Cabrera walked and scored on Fielder's double. Each of the last six times Cabrera has walked, Fielder has followed with a hit.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a one-out single in the sixth, and Avila later drove him home with a bloop single that fell between three fielders in short left-center.
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