American League Game Summary - Detroit at Tampa Bay|
(Friday, June 28th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - It's been 27 years since Roger Clemens
began his first Cy Young Award campaign with a 12-0 record.
No hurler since has won their first 12 decisions, but that changed Friday when
Max Scherzer accomplished the feat by pitching the Detroit Tigers past the
Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
Scherzer (12-0) remained undefeated by striking out nine over seven innings
and allowing three runs on just four hits and a walk. His 12-0 record is the
best start by a Tigers pitcher in the club's 113-year history.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder provided most of Detroit's offense; the
former going 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI, and the latter adding a
two-run homer to help the Tigers bounce back from getting swept at home in
three games by the Angels.
"The reason I'm 12-0 is because of my offense," a humble Scherzer said.
Wil Myers and Ben Zobrist each had solo homers for the Rays, who have dropped
two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Alex Colome (1-1)
battled through six innings and suffered his first loss after surrendering
four runs on four hits and two walks.
Colome, making his third career start, twice caught too much of the plate
early on against Cabrera, whose home run following Austin Jackson's leadoff
walk and landed 12 rows deep into the left-field bleachers in the first
The reigning American League Triple Crown winner smoked another Colome mistake
about a dozen rows further than his first blast leading off the fourth, and
Fielder used his legs to make it 3-0 later in the frame when he doubled, moved
to third on a sacrifice fly and crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
Scherzer retired the first 11 batters he faced before Zobrist hammered a
first-pitch fastball over the wall in right with two away in the fourth.
An inning later, Myers turned on a pitch and lined it down the left-field line
for his third home run in his 11th career game, and in the seventh the rookie
scored from first on Luke Scott's double off the right-field wall to pull the
Rays within a run.
Scherzer, though, retired Jose Lobaton to strand Scott on second, and Fielder
added some insurance with a gargantuan two-run moonshot to right that struck
the catwalk on the roof.
"The home run by Fielder was no fun at all," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Al Alburquerque and Drew Smyly combined to silence Tampa Bay in the eighth,
and Joaquin Benoit worked around a one-out single in the ninth to record his
Scherzer has recorded at least six strikeouts in all 16 of his starts this
season, the second longest streak in AL history. Pedro Martinez holds the AL
record with a 29-game streak to begin the 2000 season ... Cabrera, who has 24
home runs this season, has recorded 28 career multi-homer games ... Colome had
given up four runs -- all unearned -- over his first two outings ... The Rays
fell to 4-15 in the past 19 meetings between the clubs.
06/29 01:36:36 ET