Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) pitches in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park.(Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers wouldn't squander this strong start.
One day after they were shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0, despite a strong effort from Doug Fister, they backed up unbeaten Max Scherzer with some run support in a 5-2 victory at Comerica Park.
Scherzer moves to 8-0 on the season after seven innings, one run and nine strikeouts.
Jose Valverde earned the save with a 1-2-3 inning in his first outing since blowing his second save of the season in Baltimore.
Victor Martinez hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring. Miguel Cabrera followed with an RBI single in the fifth to score Don Kelly and make it 3-0.
After a James Loney RBI single in the sixth to put the Rays on the board, The Tigers added two more with a sacrifice fly by Avisail Garcia in the sixth and a Martinez single in the seventh.
The Rays then got one back in the eighth off Joaquin Benoit with an infield single by Loney to make it 5-2.
Cabrera went 3-for-4 and earned his second stolen base of the season. Victor Martinez went 2-for-4, as did Jhonny Peralta. Prince Fielder was 2-for-3.
The Tigers (32-26) now turn to a weekend home series against their AL Central rivals, the Cleveland Indians (30-29).