After Saturday’s game, Tigers starter Max Scherzer admitted he didn’t know much about George Mullin, who pitched for Detroit from 1902-13. Now, it may not matter. Scherzer won his 11th straight decision, breaking Mullin’s franchise record for wins by a starting pitcher to begin a season, set in 1909. (Mullin actually started 11-0, but only 10 were as a starter). Scherzer became the first major-league pitcher to start 11-0 since Rogers Clemens in 1997 with the Blue Jays. Scherzer looked to be in trouble early, giving up two runs in the first inning. But he bounced back and, with an unlikely power surge from Victor Martine, helped the Tigers take a 10-3 win over the Red Sox, thrilling a sellout crowd at Comerica Park. “(1909), that’s a long time ago. It’s nice to start the season 11-0,” Scherzer said. “It just means we’re playing great team baseball and I’m going out there doing my job. I’m getting a ton of run support and that’s when you have to give all the credit to your teammates. “Every time I feel like I go deep into a game, they’re going to pick me up — and they have the whole season.” With the victory, Scherzer became the 15th pitcher to start a season 11-0 since 1919. Pittsburgh’s Roy Face holds the record, with a 17-0 start in 1959. Only eight pitchers have begun with 12 straight wins. “That was quite an accomplishment for Max,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Congratulations to him.” Martinez powered the first-inning barrage with a grand slam — the third of his career — that pushed the Tigers ahead, 4-2, after David Ortiz homered in the top of the inning. “I just knew that I hit it good,” said Martinez, who has six home runs this season. “I knew for sure I got an RBI, but it kept going and thanks that it didn’t get caught.” The Tigers extended the lead to 5-2 in the fourth on Austin Jackson’s RBI single, which scored Andy Dirks, who went 3-for-4. In the fifth, Martinez added an RBI double, scoring Prince Fielder, who walked. It marked the first time Martinez had five RBIs in a game since Sept. 17, 2010, when he was with the Red Sox. Jhonny Peralta followed with an RBI single, making it 7-2. That proved to be more than enough run support for Scherzer, who went seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He also notched six strikeouts, a mark he’s reached in each of his 15 starts this season.
Tigers' Scherzer now historic 11-0 after 10-3 win over Red Sox
Detroit News | Jun 23