Well, that had a little bit of everything. And, to the Tigers’ liking, a rare second road victory in a row. Max Scherzer became the first major league pitcher in 27 years to start a year 13-0, Alex Avila stayed hot in his return from the disabled list with a three-run home run and the Tigers beat the Blue Jays, 6-2, on a tension-filled Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. By the time this one was all over, the teams —big-time rivals years ago — weren’t exactly feeling all lovey-dovey. Tigers second baseman Omar Infante left the game with a left-shin contusion after being taken out by Colby Rasmus in what the Tigers thought was a dirty slide. Then, later, Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch, didn’t like it and, still irate over losing Infante, said as much. “That,” said Alex Avila, “is as angry as I’ve seen him. “I don’t want to be on that side.” The benches cleared, and both benches were warned, as is standard protocol — but there were no further notable incidents. Well, unless you count the Tigers winning a second game in a row on the same road trip for the first time since May 21-22 as a notable incident. Oh, and Scherzer, of course, still refuses to lose. “It’s hard to believe, to be honest with you, that somebody is 13-0 in this day and age,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “But he is, we’ll take it, we’ll accept it and we’ll be happy for him. And hopefully he goes 14-0.” Leyland conceded Wednesday wasn’t necessarily vintage Max, and Scherzer concurred. The Blue Jays squared up some balls early, and he battled his command. “A little erratic,” said Leyland, “but still really good.” And, of course, as has been the norm when Scherzer’s on the mound — you don’t go 13-0 without a lot going your way, regardless of how much you dominate — his teammates stepped up behind him, on offense and defense. Tigers hitters had another big inning, their second in as many nights — after scuffling so much at the plate several games before.
Scherzer 1st pitcher to start 13-0 since '86
Detroit News | Jul 4