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Tigers hurler Scherzer improves to 13-0

Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 3, 2013
Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 3, 2013. He pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in a 6-2 victory over Toronto to become the first MLB hurler since 1986 to open a season 13-0.

Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in a 6-2 victory over Toronto to become the first Major League Baseball hurler since 1986 to open a season 13-0.

Scherzer is now one win away from matching Roger Clemens' 14-0 start to the 1986 campaign.

He surrendered just two runs on seven hits in his 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight. He will have the opportunity to tie Clemens' mark on Monday in Cleveland.

Austin Jackson made two stand-out catches in center field to help Scherzer extend his streak, and the Tigers' four-run second inning off Toronto pitcher Josh Johnson staked Scherzer to an early lead.

Alex Avila hit a three-run home run while Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored for Detroit, who have won two straight after dropping six of seven.

Colby Rasmus and Maicer Izturis each drove in a run for Toronto, who have lost seven of their last 10 games. Josh Johnson gave up six runs -- one earned -- on seven hits over five innings to take the loss.

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