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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Recap: Game 127 - Tigers (3) at Mets (0) - Scherzer better than Harvey

Detroit (76-53)«0200000013150
N.Y. Mets (58-69)000000000030

W: M. Scherzer (19-1) L: M. Harvey (9-5) S: J. Benoit (17)
HR: DET - None   NYM - None


In addition to recording his first hit since 2009, Max Scherzer struck out 11 batters over six scoreless innings to lift the Detroit Tigers over Matt Harvey and the New York Mets, 3-0, in the second test of a three-game series.

Not only did Scherzer become the first 19-game winner in the majors Saturday, but he also became only the third pitcher in major league history to win at least 19 of his first 20 decisions in a season.

The 29-year-old Scherzer (19-1) gave up three hits and walked four batters, while Harvey (9-5) allowed two runs on a career-high 13 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

"Everybody through the lineup plays well every time I take the mound, and that's the reason I'm 19-1 -- not because I'm pitching well, but because everyone else is stepping up and doing their job," Scherzer said.

Saturday marked the first time in major league history that the All-Star Game starting pitchers faced each other in a regular-season game in the same season.

Scherzer helped his own cause in the second inning. Andy Dirks doubled to right-center field, advanced to third on Brayan Pena's single to left-center field and scored on Scherzer's double to left-center field. Austin Jackson's infield single scored another run to make it 2-0.

"It was pretty crappy. Giving up 13 hits is not ideal as a starting pitcher," Harvey said. "I was not happy about giving up runs, and I gave up too many hits. It was just a poor performance."

Meanwhile, Scherzer was dominant on the mound. The Mets didn't advance a runner past first base until the sixth. Daniel Murphy singled, Ike Davis doubled and Wilmer Flores walked to load the bases. Scherzer was able to settle down and retired the next two batters to keep New York off the board.

Don Kelly's sacrifice fly in the ninth made it a 3-0 game.

Jose Alvarez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Jose Veras recorded the final two outs in the eighth and Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth to secure the victory. Benoit picked up his 17th save of the season.

Game Notes

The Tigers had 15 hits, compared to three for New York ... In 1912, Giants left-hander Rube Marquard was 19-0 when he suffered his first loss. He finished 26-11. Roger Clemens opened 19-1 for the 2001 Yankees. He increased his record to 20-1 before he lost his final two decisions to finish at 20-3.

Box Score:

Austin Jackson CF512100001.270
Omar Infante 2B503000000.319
Miguel Cabrera 3B502000001.356
Prince Fielder 1B401000001.261
Matt Tuiasosopo LF402000000.281
  Don Kelly LF000100000.235
Andy Dirks RF313010000.251
  Torii Hunter PH-RF200000000.305
Brayan Pena C411000001.306
Ramon Santiago SS400000000.207
Max Scherzer P301110000.333
  Jose Alvarez P100000000.000
  Jose Veras P000000000.000
  Joaquin Benoit P000000000.000
Eric Young LF400000002.248
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.274
Marlon Byrd RF400000003.285
Ike Davis 1B302010010.208
Wilmer Flores 3B300000012.283
Juan Lagares CF300000012.255
John Buck C400000001.215
Omar Quintanilla SS200000000.224
  Justin Turner PH-SS100000000.273
Matt Harvey P100000011.086
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Josh Satin PH100000000.298
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Pedro Feliciano P000000000.000
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000

LOB_Detroit 12, NY Mets 7. 2B_A.Dirks, M.Scherzer, I.Davis. SF_D.Kelly.

Max Scherzer (W 19-1)6.03004110118-762.73
Jose Alvarez (H 1)1.100000016-124.39
Jose Veras (H 3)0.20000008-42.77
Joaquin Benoit (S 17)1.00000108-71.54
Matt Harvey (L 9-5)6.21322040102-702.27
Scott Rice0.10000004-23.56
Gonzalez Germen1.121100021-132.95
Pedro Feliciano0.10000007-43.60
Scott Atchison0.10000007-43.41

HBP_by P.Feliciano (P.Fielder).
T_3:10. A_35636.
Umpires_Home,Jeff Nelson; First, Jim Wolf; Second, Ed Hickox; Third, Jim Joyce.

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