DETROIT -- Max Scherzer became the first Detroit Tigers pitcher to start a season 10-0, as he struck out 10 in six innings of a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Comerica Park.
Scherzer, who tied the club record held by Vern Kennedy (1938) and George Uhle (1929) in his last start at Kansas City, gave up one run and scattered seven hits. He's the first pitcher to reach 10-0 since Roger Clemens went 11-0 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 19th homer, a two-run shot, and had three hits to lead Detroit's offense. Omar Infante had four hits and Austin Jackson contributed three in a 14-hit attack for the Central Division-leading Tigers. Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings after Scherzer departed.
Chris Davis hit his major-league-leading 24th homer for the Orioles, who dropped two games behind idle Boston in the American League East. Manny Machado's 14-game hitting streak was snapped and Jake Arrieta (1-2) took the loss.
Miguel Cabrera quickly gave the Tigers a 2-0 advantage, blasting a one-out, opposite-field homer in the first inning following a leadoff single by Jackson.
Davis' solo homer in the second made it 2-1, but the Tigers got that run back in the bottom of the inning on Jackson's RBI single.
Scherzer escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Davis on a 3-2 fastball.
The Tigers chased Jake Arrieta during the bottom of that inning, tacking on two runs for a 5-1 lead. Victor Martinez had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single.
NOTES: The Tigers placed right-handed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (strained right shoulder) and catcher Alex Avila (left forearm contusion) on the 15-day disabled list on Monday and recalled catcher Bryan Holaday and outfielder Avisail Garcia. Sanchez, who is 6-5 with a 2.76 ERA, lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start at Minnesota on Saturday. His previous start was skipped because of shoulder stiffness. Avila, hitting .172 with five homers and 13 RBIs, was hit by a pitch from the Twins' Brian Duensing on Sunday. ... The Tigers began a 10-game homestand, tying their longest this season. ... Justin Verlander, Detroit's scheduled starter on Tuesday, has an 8-0 lifetime record against the Orioles. ... Zach Britton will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and start for the Orioles on Tuesday. Baltimore ace Jason Hammel is still recovering from the effects of a stomach virus.