Scherzer wins 16th, Tigers beat White Sox 3-0
A six-day layoff didn’t bother Max Scherzer a bit.
“Not at this stage of the season,” Scherzer said Saturday night after checking Chicago on three hits over 7 2/3 innings. He took two days off and then went into his regular routine, which resulted in Scherzer winning for the 16th time in 17 decisions when Detroit got three solo home runs from three players in a 3-0 victory over Chicago.
The Tigers have won seven straight and 11 of their past 12 while the White Sox have dropped a season-high nine in a row and 15 of their last 18.
“He’s got great stuff going for him,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s a four-pitch pitcher. He’s got good off-speed stuff and this year he’s getting everything over.”
Scherzer allowed one hit through six innings, gave up a one-out single in the seventh and a two-out single in the eighth that brought manager Jim Leyland out for a reliever. Jose Veras got the final out of the eighth and Joaquin Benoit got three straight outs after giving up a leadoff single in the ninth.
Benoit is now 12-for-12 in saves.
“Other people might be surprised at Joaquin, but I’m not,” Scherzer said. “He’s got good stuff and knows he can get the job done.”
John Danks (2-9) allowed only six hits in seven innings but three of them went over fences. Danks has allowed 20 home runs this season, nine in his last five starts.
“He pitched pretty good,” Ventura said. “He gave up a couple of solos (home runs). But when you’re not scoring, it’s a pretty big deal.
“Sure there’s some frustration (about the losing streak). But you’ve got to block that out and go play.”
Detroit played without Miguel Cabrera for the second game in a row and sixth time since July 23 as his abdominal strain continues to be an issue. The Tigers are 5-1 in those six games and 6-1 when Cabrera has not played this season.
The Tigers got their solo home runs in the first, second and fourth innings.
Torii Hunter hit his 12th as the Tigers’ second batter of the game and Jhonny Peralta, who might have but one game left with Detroit before the Biogenesis suspensions come down, opened the second inning with his 11th. Peralta’s blast was to dead center field.
Newcomer Jose Iglesias, who hit a long fly to the warning track Friday in his first game with the Tigers, put one into the left-field seats with one out in the fourth. It was his second of the season.
Second baseman Ramon Santiago got knocked to the ground three times in the game. He came down hard on his right hand on a takeout slide in the third, got hit in the left knee when Alejandro De Aza stole second later in the inning and was tumbled into turning a double play in the seventh.
Scherzer’s six strikeouts left him with 999 for his career.
“To get 1,000, that’s a huge feat,” he said. “It means you’ve had success over a long period of time.”
It was Detroit’s eighth “Fiesta Tigres” festival to honor players with Hispanic and Latino backgrounds and they had jerseys with a script “Tigres” on the front.
NOTES: Chicago asked waivers on outfielder Dewayne Wise, who preserved Mark Buehrle’s 2009 perfect game with an over-the-wall catch of what would have been a home run in the ninth inning, for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Wise, 35, hit .234 in 30 games but had been on the disabled list since May 30 with a right hamstring strain. … Detroit second baseman Omar Infante, out of action since early July with a left ankle sprain, was only doing baserunning drills at half-speed before the game and won’t be ready for a rehab assignment until some point next week. … Paul Konerko returned to first base defensively Saturday. “I talked to him Friday night and he said he was ready,” Ventura said.