He could, however, have his hands full against a Boston Red Sox team that's given him trouble over the years.
Scherzer tries to stay unbeaten as the Tigers continue a four-game set against the visiting Red Sox on Saturday night.
Second in the AL in opponents' batting average (.189) and strikeouts (116), Scherzer (10-0, 3.08 ERA) had everything working again Monday. The right-hander allowed one run and struck out 10 over six innings in a 5-1 win over Baltimore.
"He's at the top of his game pretty much," manager Jim Leyland said.
Scherzer became the first starter to win his first 10 decisions since Roger Clemens went 11-0 with Toronto in 1997. He's also the first to record at least six strikeouts in each of his first 14 outings since Pedro Martinez did so with Boston in 2001.
"That tickles me when you say those type of names," he said.
Scherzer wrote his name into the team record books, too, becoming the second Tigers starter to go 10-0. George Mullin opened a franchise-best 11-0 in 1909.
"You have to savor this a little bit because of the history of this organization," Scherzer, who's posted a 1.93 ERA over his last six outings, told MLB's official website. "It's special to be 10-0. But at the end of the day, I don't measure my success on being 10-0. I measure my success on everything else I do on the mound."
Though he isn't showing any signs of slowing down, Scherzer could run into trouble against the Red Sox (45-31). He's 1-3 over six starts versus Boston while compiling a 9.21 ERA, by far his highest against any team he's faced more than once.
The Red Sox had a big day at the plate Friday, winning 10-6 behind 17 hits. Shane Victorino , who went 4 for 5 with a homer and tied a career high with five RBIs, is 11 for 22 with three homers and eight RBIs in five career games against the Tigers (40-32).
"They're a good lineup - put the ball in play and did what they needed to do to put up runs," losing pitcher Doug Fister said.
Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 4 with a three-run homer for Detroit, which has dropped three of four while surrendering 50 hits and 31 runs. Cabrera is 14 for 28 with two homers during a seven-game hitting streak.
The Tigers try to bounce back against Allen Webster (0-1, 11.74), who's expected to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. He gave up eight runs in 1 2-3 innings during his second big league outing, a 15-8 loss to Minnesota on May 8.
"He got predictable against a good fastball-hitting team," manager John Farrell said. "I think he learned an important lesson, or at least one challenging experience, that I'm sure served him well as he continues to develop."
The right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA over his last six starts with Pawtucket.
"Much better command (of late)," Farrell added. "And particularly to his fastball. He's worked deeper into games. He's been a little bit more efficient. ... We're looking forward to seeing him here Saturday."
|Boston Red Sox|
|June 15, 2013||David Ross||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|June 11, 2013||Clayton Mortensen||15-Day DL||Right hip impingement|
|June 09, 2013||Clay Buchholz||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|June 08, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Left game - neck stiffness|
|May 31, 2013||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Tight left groin|
|May 26, 2013||Clay Buchholz||Day-to-Day||Right collarbone pain|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||Day-to-Day||Rib cage strain|
|June 17, 2013||Alex Avila||15-Day DL||Left forearm contusion|
|June 16, 2013||Anibal Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|June 08, 2013||Anibal Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder stiffness|
|May 12, 2013||Austin Jackson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer allowed two runs in the first inning - and by the time he took the mound again, he had a two-run lead.
It's been that kind of season for the Detroit right-hander.
Scherzer won his 11th straight decision to start the year and Victor Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Tigers to a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Scherzer was terrific after that shaky beginning, and as usual his teammates gave him plenty of run support.
"It's nice to start a season 11-0. It just means we're playing great team baseball and I'm going out there and doing my job," Scherzer said. "I'm credited a ton of run support. That's when you've got to give all the credit to your teammates. Every time I feel like I go deep into a game, they're going to pick me up. They have the whole entire season."
Scherzer allowed a couple runs in the first, including a towering solo homer by David Ortiz , but Martinez's drive put the Tigers ahead to stay. Martinez also hit an RBI double in the fifth, and Scherzer shut down Boston after the first. He allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Allen Webster (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
"The four runs given back in the first set the tone for the entire evening," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I think he settled down after the first inning and pitched OK."
Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales yielded four runs, including a two-run homer by Omar Infante . Farrell said Morales could go on the disabled list because of left shoulder discomfort.
Scherzer became the first pitcher to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997, according to STATS. The last to start 12-0 also was Clemens, during a 14-0 stretch to begin his AL MVP season in 1986.
"I realize that it takes so many other teammates to put me in that position," Scherzer said. "This is a credit to the Detroit Tigers , for me being in this position. I know I've pitched well, and I know I've given my team a chance to win, but it doesn't always go that way."
The first two hitters singled off Scherzer, and Dustin Pedroia 's double-play grounder gave Boston a 1-0 lead. Ortiz's 16th homer put the Red Sox up by two.
Detroit erased that deficit in a hurry. After singles by Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter , Miguel Cabrera drew a walk. Prince Fielder struck out, but Martinez's line drive cleared the wall in right for his third career slam.
"It's big, when you give an answer like that," Martinez said. "It's always big to come right back, especially with Max on the mound. Everybody knows how well he's been throwing the ball."
Scherzer allowed only two hits in the next four innings. In the fourth, Mike Carp 's tapper went for an infield hit, and he went to third on the play when Scherzer threw wildly to first for an error. Carp was stranded after Daniel Nava 's flyout.
Jose Iglesias appeared to have a double in the fifth, but he stumbled past second base while beating Hunter's throw from right field and was tagged out.
Ortiz hit a drive in the sixth that Jackson ran down in deep left-center. Scherzer struck out his final batter in the seventh - Jarrod Saltalamacchia - for his sixth strikeout. He's reached that mark in all 15 starts this year.
Scherzer lowered his ERA to 3.05. He's received 7.84 runs of support per nine innings, the most in baseball.
The Tigers kept right on scoring Saturday. Andy Dirks singled, stole second and came home on Jackson's single in the fourth. Webster was lifted with nobody on in the fifth, and Morales allowed a walk to Fielder, a run-scoring double by Martinez and an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta .
Infante's homer in the seventh made it 9-2. Fielder hit into a bases-loaded double play in the eighth, bringing another run home.
Saltalamacchia hit an RBI single in the ninth.
NOTES: Jackson, Hunter and Dirks each had three hits. ... Ortiz's 18 homers at Comerica Park are the most there by a visiting player, according to STATS. ... For a second straight night, Shane Victorino tried to throw out Cabrera at first base from right field on what looked like a clean single. Cabrera has beaten the throw both times. Victorino also tried it on a hard single by Hunter and nearly got him. In the ninth, Hunter charged Ortiz's single as if he wanted to try to throw to first, but Fielder wasn't covering the bag. ... Detroit C Alex Avila (bruised left forearm) is expected to be with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday for a rehab assignment. He has been on the DL since June 17 and expects to be ready when he's eligible to come off. ... Detroit ace Justin Verlander (8-5) faces Boston LHP Felix Doubront (4-3) on Sunday.