DETROIT — Max Scherzer’s unbeaten run ended Saturday night when the Texas Rangers tagged the Detroit All-Star with his first loss of the season, defeating the Tigers 7-1.
Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
It was Scherzer’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 23, a span of 21 starts.
Mitch Moreland’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Texas a 3-0 lead, and for once, the Tigers didn’t back Scherzer with much offensive support. Derek Holland (8-4) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings.
Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer in a three-run ninth for Texas.
BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 3: In Baltimore, J.P. Arencibia put Toronto ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays overcame home runs by the Orioles’ Chris Davis and Adam Jones for a 7-3 win Saturday afternoon.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th homer, and Maicer Izturis had three hits to help the Blue Jays secure their fourth win in 11 games.
Davis increased his major-league leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games, a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Jackson is the only player in AL history with more home runs before the All-Star break, hitting 37 in 1969.
Baltimore led 3-2 before the Blue Jays took the lead in the sixth against Jason Hammel (7-6). Singles by Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus and Izturis loaded the bases for Arencibia, who lined a two-run single to left.
Rays 4, Astros 3: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Luke Scott had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning after he tied it with a two-run homer in the fifth for Tampa Bay.
Roberto Hernandez survived a shaky first inning to post the Rays’ 14th straight quality start, going six innings and giving up three runs and six hits. He won for the first time in six starts since June 11. Hernandez (5-10) struck out six.
Wil Myers had two hits and scored twice for the Rays, who have won 13 of 15. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Brett Wallace homered for the Astros, losers of 11 of 14.
Indians 5, Royals 3: In Cleveland, Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first career grand slam, and Scott Kazmir pitched into the seventh inning for the Indians.
Chisenhall’s homer in the sixth broke open a 1-0 game.
Kazmir (5-4) allowed two runs in 6.1 innings for his first victory since June 21 as the Indians won for the fifth time in seven games.
Miguel Tejada’s RBI single in the seventh broke a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings for Kansas City.
Twins 4, Yankees 1: In New York, Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and the slumping Minnesota Twins finally figured out a way to beat the Yankees, hitting three home runs off starting pitcher Phil Hughes.
Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes — all on 2-2 pitches.
Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium.
All-Star closer Glen Perkins earned his 21st save in 23 chances.
White Sox, Phillies split doubleheader: In Philadelphia, Michael Young hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning to lift the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, giving the Phillies a split of a day-night doubleheader.
All-Star Domonic Brown threw out Jeff Keppinger trying to score from second on Tyler Flowers’ single to left to end the top half of the 11th.
Alexei Ramirez had four hits, including a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to help Chicago win the opener 5-4.
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