Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets at Citifield. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Max Scherzer will take his 19th victory of the season.
But the RBI double probably brought the biggest smile to his face today.
Scherzer's hit might have been the games biggest play in the Tigers' 3-0 victory over the Mets.
Scherzer became only the third pitcher in league history to win 19 of his first 20 decisions - the last was Roger Clemens in 2001 when he went 19-1 with the Yankees when he was 38.
He went six innings and fanned 11 batters to get the better of the All-Star Game rematch with Mets young ace Matt Harvey. With the recent advent of interleague play, it's not surprising the game marked the first time the All-Star Game starters have met in the regular season.
Scherzer cruised through the first four innings - allowing only a hit and walk to go along with nine strikeouts.
He labored through the fifth - allowing two walks - before striking out Eric Young to end the threat.
He ran into more trouble in the sixth when a Daniel Murphy single, Ike Davis double and walk to Wilmer Flores loaded the bases with only one out.
But he got a strikeout against Juan Lagares and a pop-up from John Buck to end the threat. He turned the game over to the bullpen after 118 pitches for the Tigers (76-53).
Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth topick up his 17th save - a perfect 14-for-14 since he was named the closer in June.
Scherzer knocked in the first run of the game when he laced an RBI double into the left-center gap in the second to score Andy Dirks. He showed bunt on the first pitch from Harvey, but swung away on the second.
Harvey (9-5) was late to the party and he struggled in allowing 13 hits. But he limited the damage and give 6 2/3 innings to the Mets (58-69).
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