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The Juice: Max Scherzer wins 17th game as Tigers win 12th in a row

Mike Oz
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Let's have some fun with numbers after the Detroit Tigers' 10-3 win Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.

12: That's how many consecutive games the Tigers have won, showing just how dangerous of a team they are when firing on all cylinders. The Tigers scored six runs in the third inning, which proved to be enough for starter Max Scherzer.

17: How many wins Scherzer now has, after a seven-inning, four-hit performance. That's the most in baseball. Sure, Scherzer was given great run support (again). But 17-1 — even if you think the win stat is stupid — isn't shabby at all.

1,000 and 100: Scherzer notched career strikeout No. 1,000 in the first inning (see video above) and he threw exactly 100 pitches in the game. If only he had 10 Ks too (he only had five).

105: Number of RBIs Miguel Cabrera has this season, after driving in three more against the Indians. He's one behind Chris Davis for the most in baseball.

4: Consecutive losses for the Indians, who had won 10 of 11 games before running into a steamroller called the Tigers.

1884: We're talking about a year this time. The year 1884 is the last time, according to STATS, that two major league teams owned win streaks of at least 12 games at the same time. In addition to the Tigers' streak, the Atlanta Braves have won 13 in a row.

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Pirates 5, Marlins 4: The Pirates magic just won't quit. Russell Martin strokes a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning to give the Pirates their 70th win of the season. The Pirates have the best winning percentage in baseball — still.

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Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1: A.J. Ellis' three-run homer helps the Dodgers take three of four from the Cardinals. Hyun-Jin Ryu is now 11-3 for the Dodgers.

Giants 4, Brewers 1: The baffling Tim Lincecum? That guy showed up Thursday, surrendering just one hit and striking out eight over eight innings for the Giants.

Royals 5, Red Sox 1: The Royals win again. That makes them 16-4 since the All-Star break. More neon celebrations in K.C.

Phillies 12, Cubs 1: The Phillies rookies did their thing — pitcher Ethan Martin got his first career win while Cody Asche had three hits, including a homer. Another Philly rook, Darin Ruf, also homered.

Mets 2, Rockies 1: Dillon Gee has been really good for the Mets lately, and he continued that Thursday — pitching 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

''I think I'm just trying to stay within myself. I know I'm not going to throw a 95 mph fastball anymore, so why try to throw it? I guess I got to use what I got and get outs.''

— Tim Lincecum after his dominating performance against the Brewers.

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Jacoby Ellsbury didn't make the catch, but the photographer still nailed this shot.

• Thursday's win was the 28th come-from-behind victory for the Pirates.

• Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up his first hit since July 23 on Thursday. He had 15 strikeouts during that time.

• Charlie Manuel won his 999th game. When he wins his 1000th, he'll be the 59th manager to do so in MLB history.

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