Scherzer wins 20th, Tigers rout White Sox 12-5

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DETROIT (AP)—Max Scherzer became baseball’s first 20-game winner Friday night, pitching through bad weather for six innings to help the Detroit Tigers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Scherzer (20-3) was making his fifth attempt at win No. 20. He had two losses and two no-decisions in his previous four starts before Friday’s victory on a rainy night. Torii Hunter had four hits for Detroit, and Victor Martinez homered.

Dylan Axelrod (4-10) allowed seven runs in 2 2-3 innings.

The AL Central-leading Tigers lowered their magic number to eliminate second-place Cleveland to three.

Former Tiger Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer for Chicago.

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