BOSTON – Max Scherzer tossed six shutout innings, outdueling Boston ace Jon Lester and leading the Detroit Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
Torii Hunter delivered an RBI single in the first inning for the Tigers, playing their first game against the defending champion Red Sox since losing last year’s American League Championship Series in six games.
Scherzer (6-1), the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed three hits over six-plus innings in winning his sixth straight start and lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.83. The right-hander struck out seven, walked four and was removed after yielding a leadoff single to Mike Carp in the seventh.
Joba Chamberlain retired the side in the eighth and closer Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season.
The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the top of the fourth inning.
BLUE JAYS 2, RANGERS 0: In Arlington, Texas, Drew Hutchison outdueled Yu Darvish and Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Toronto.
Darvish was making his first start since throwing a one-hitter against Boston last Friday that Major League Baseball ruled on Wednesday was a two-hitter.
TWINS 5, MARINERS 4: In Minneapolis, Kyle Gibson allowed one run in seven innings, Brian Dozier and Josmil Pinto homered, and Minnesota won for the fifth time in its last six home games.
Robinson Cano reached base for the 24th consecutive game and broke the Mariners’ 21-inning scoreless drought with an RBI double in the fifth.
ATHLETICS 11, INDIANS 1: In Cleveland, Josh Reddick homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs, and Josh Donaldson added a three-run shot for Oakland.
ORIOLES 4, ROYALS 0: In Kansas City, Mo., Chris Tillman tossed his first career shutout and Nelson Cruz drove in two runs to lead Baltimore.
CARDINALS 5, BRAVES 2: In St. Louis, Allen Craig had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice and Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings to lead St. Louis.
St. Louis finished the game without manager Mike Matheny and center fielder Peter Bourjos, both of whom were ejected by home plate umpire Sean Barber at the end of the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
NATIONALS 5, METS 2: In Washington, Tyler Moore had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Washington relievers threw four scoreless innings.
Washington has won nine straight against the Mets going back to last season.
PIRATES-YANKEES, ppd.: In New York, Pittsburgh’s interleague game with New York was postponed because of the threat of inclement weather.
The game will be made up as the second game of a doubleheader Sunday. The opener is scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m.