Max Scherzer had a career-high 15 strikeouts yesterday, just one short of the Tiger’s team record and Detroit rallied to beat the Pirates 4-to-3 at Comerica Park. The victory allowed Detroit to win two out of three in the interleague series with Pittsburgh.
The Tigers trailed 2-to-1 going into the seventh inning when Delmon Young delivered an rbi single to tie the game and then Alex Avila slapped a 2-run single for Detroit.
The Tiger’s first run of the game came on a solo homer by Jhonny Peralta. All 15 of the strikeouts by Scherzer came on third strike swings. Mickey Lolich holds the Detroit club strikeout record of 16 set in 1969 when he did it twice in less than 3 weeks. Scherzer surrendered just four hits and walked only one batter over seven innings to improve to 3-and-3 on the season.
Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and earned his first save of the season. The Tigers, now 20-and-21, take the day off today before beginning a 10-game road trip tomorrow night with a 3-game series against the first place Cleveland Indians.
Third place Detroit gained a game on the Indians yesterday and now trails the Tribe by 3 games after Cleveland lost yesterday to the Marlins. The White Sox have moved into second place in the Central Division, 2-and-a-half back, after they won their fourth straight, beating the Cubs 6-to-0 at Wrigley Field. The slumping Cubs have dropped six in-a-row.