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           === Scherzer notches 16th win, Tigers blank White Sox ===
 
 Detroit,  MI  (Sports Network) - Max  Scherzer threw 7 2/3 shutout innings and
 the Detroit Tigers blanked the Chicago White Sox, 3-0, in the middle test of a
 three-game set.
 
 Scherzer  (16-1) struck out  six and allowed three hits and three walks in his
 outing to earn his major league-leading 16th win. The 29-year-old right-hander
 has won all but six of his 22 starts this season and lowered his ERA to 2.85.
 
 "It's  all about the  team. We're in first place and we got to keep it there,"
 said  Scherzer. "Indians and Royals are playing really good baseball right now
 and  anything could  happen,  so we're  going  to have  the  finsh the  season
 strong."
 
 Joaquin Benoit threw a scoreless ninth to notch his 12th save.
 
 Torii  Hunter,  Jhonny Peralta and  Jose Iglesias each hit  a home run for the
 Tigers,  who  are on a  seven-game winning  streak, despite not having slugger
 Miguel Cabrera in the lineup.
 
 Chicago  starter John  Danks (2-9) gave up  all three homers on six hits and a
 walk over seven frames.
 
 The  White Sox have lost nine straight and 15 of their last 18 games. They are
 40-68, their worst record after 108 games since 1970, when they went 38-70.
 
 "You  just  get frustrated and  wait for  it to turn.  I think that's when you
 struggle  ...  that frustration  sets in. You  just got to  block that out and
 play," White Sox manager Robin Venutra said.
 
 The  Tigers homered in  each of the first two innings. Hunter delivered a solo
 shot with one out in the first while Peralta hammered a 3-1 pitch to center to
 start the second.
 
 Detroit  had a chance  to extend its lead in the frame after back-to-back two-
 out  singles from  Ramon Santiago and Austin Jackson, but Hunter fouled out to
 the catcher to end the inning.
 
 Iglesias  added  another homer for  Detroit and his  first in a Tigers uniform
 when he connected on a 2-1 fastball with one out in the fourth.
 
 Chicago's  best  opportunity to score came  in the ninth. With Benoit pitching
 for  Detroit, Alex Rios hit a leadoff single and stole second. After Adam Dunn
 struck  out,  Paul Konerko  hit a  grounder to second,  allowing Rios to reach
 third. However, Conor Gillaspie flew out to enter, ending the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Scherzer's  16  wins tie  a career-high,  which he set  last season (16-7) ...
 Hunter  has five  home runs and nine  RBI over his last nine games ... Konerko
 played  at first base  for the first time since June 23 ... Dunn went 1-for-4.
 He  is on  a six-game hitting streak and  is batting .293 in his last 47 games
 ...  Danks is  0-6  with a  5.13  ERA in  eight road  starts  this season  ...
 Chicago's  Andre  Rienzo is  scheduled  to  face  Detroit's Rick  Porcello  in
 Sunday's series finale.
 
 08/04 00:28:33 ET