CHICAGO – Max Scherzer already has a Cy Young Award. Now he has a complete game.
Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his 179th career start for his first complete game and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer Thursday to lead the Detroit Tigers a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.
“It’s awesome,” said Scherzer, who threw 113 pitches. “I finally got the monkey off my back.
“I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it’s a good feeling.”
Scherzer (8-2) was back in his 2013 Cy Young form, striking out eight and walking three while outdueling Chicago starter Chris Sale (5-1). Only three times did the White Sox have men in scoring position.
“I was surprised when I found out that he had no complete games,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “But he wanted this one for sure. He was on his game tonight. He has a Cy Young for reason.”
Sale was nearly as sharp as Scherzer. He struck out 10 — all swinging — to match a season high and allowed five hits in seven innings.
“When you face Sale, you’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game,” Scherzer said. “There’s no room for error.”
Martinez hit a solo shot into the left field bullpen to lead off the fifth for the only run off Sale. Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs with an infield single with two out in the eighth of reliever Jake Petricka to put the Tigers ahead 3-0.
Bryan Holiday drove in an insurance run in the ninth.
Sale didn’t allow a baserunner until Rajai Davis led off the fourth with a single and left the game with Detroit leading 1-0. But Scherzer was a bit better.
“He was dominant,” Sale said of Scherzer. “You know coming into this, you know who you’re going up against and it’s not going to be easy.”
Rockies 10, Braves 3
In Denver, Corey Dickerson hit Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing and tempers quickly flared, setting off a tense sequence and leading to several ejections.
Giants 7, Nationals 1
In San Francisco, Tim Hudson threw seven strong innings and left with a major league-best 1.81 ERA.
Reds 4, Dodgers 1
In Cincinnati, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Zack Greinke, who lost his perfect record at Great American Ball Park.
Phillies 7, Padres 3
In Philadelphia, pinch hitter Reid Brignac lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2
In Baltimore, Kevin Gausman gave up one run over six innings and Delmon Young homered.
Brewers 5 Mets 1 (13)
In New York, Jonathan Lucroy hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 13th inning.
Pirates 4, Cubs 0
In Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen had two doubles and two RBIs.
Red Sox 5, Indians 2
In Boston, Jon Lester worked into the eighth inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer.
Astros 5, D-Backs 4 (10)
In Houston, Chris Carter homered leading off the bottom of the 10th.
Yankees 6, Mariners 3
In Seattle, Derek Jeter had a memorable final regular season appearance at Safeco Field with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-1 after coming on as a defensive replacement in the seventh.