Series: Game 1 of 4

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Thursday, August 26
Game 2: Friday, August 27
in 11
Game 3: Saturday, August 28
Game 4: Sunday, August 29

Tigers 7

(64-64, 21-39 away)

Blue Jays 1

(66-61, 33-26 home)

    7:07 PM ET, August 26, 2010

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: M. Scherzer (10-9)

    L: R. Romero (10-8)

    Tigers ride six-run fourth inning past Blue Jays

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- Max Scherzer doesn't feel any different on the mound.

    His manager and teammates see an air of confidence in the Detroit Tigers right-hander, one that's turned him into a consistent winner.

    Jhonny Peralta and Gerald Laird each homered, Scherzer became a 10-game winner for the first time and the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Thursday.

    Scherzer (10-9) gave up six hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

    "You can see him on the mound, he has a mound presence that is saying, 'Hey, I'm doing pretty good and I feel pretty good about myself,'" Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You'd be a fool if you can't see that."

    Third baseman Brandon Inge has noticed the change in Scherzer.

    "He's confident right now and it kind of bleeds into us and what we're trying to do," Inge said. "It's good whenever you have a guy that, when he toes the rubber, you know he's going to take it to the other team."

    Scherzer, however, denies feeling any more confident when he takes the hill.

    "I'm pitching the same way as I did my whole life," he said. "Every start has been the exact same."

    Results, however, have been far better for Scherzer since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 30. He's 9-5 with a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts since.

    "Ever since he got back from Triple-A he's got that confidence where he believes in his other pitches, like his changeup and slider," Laird said. "When he started doing that, you could tell."

    Tigers starting pitchers are 6-0 with an 1.09 ERA in the past seven games, striking out 43 while walking seven. Detroit is 6-1 in that span.

    "As a whole, we're putting it together," Scherzer said. "We're doing a much better job of not walking people and when that happens, you allow the defense to make plays behind you. Nine times out of 10, they do. When we're not beating ourselves, we can be a pretty good group. That's the key to our success right now."

    Detroit's only loss in the past week came Wednesday. The Tigers blew a three-run lead before the Kansas City Royals' Willie Bloomquist hit a solo homer in the 12th inning as the Royals won 4-3.

    "We did let one get away yesterday so it's nice to bounce back," Leyland said.

    Peralta hit a three-run drive and Laird added a two-run shot in Detroit's six-run fourth inning. It's the eighth time in eight road games that the Tigers have hit two or more home runs. They've hit 19 in that span.

    Toronto's Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 41st home run, a leadoff drive into the second deck in left in the seventh. It was the 100th homer of Bautista's career.

    The Blue Jays lead the majors with 193 homers this season, including an ML-high 108 at home.

    Eddie Bonine worked the ninth for the Tigers.

    Detroit did all its damage against Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero (10-8) in the fourth, sending nine men to the plate. Ramon Santiago led off with a single, Johnny Damon walked and Santiago went to third when Miguel Cabrera flied out to deep center. Ryan Raburn followed with a grounder to third, but Edwin Encarnacion's throw to second pulled Aaron Hill off the bag as Santiago scored and Damon advanced to third. Peralta followed with a homer to left, his 13th.

    Brandon Inge grounded out and Casper Wells walked before Laird also went deep to left, his fourth.

    Romero, away from the team the past two days because of strep throat, allowed six runs, three earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five, matching a season high, and struck out four.

    "I didn't pitch like I wanted to and I left some balls over the middle and cost us the game," Romero said. "I don't want to use the whole I was sick excuse because I felt great."

    Detroit added one more in the seventh off reliever Casey Janssen when Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk.

    Toronto had two hits and a stolen base off Scherzer in the third but failed to score. Encarnacion was thrown out at second by Raburn trying to stretch a single into a double, and Fred Lewis was thrown out at third after hitting a single to left and stealing second.

    Cabrera doubled to center in the ninth, giving him 40 this season and making him only the fourth player in Detroit history with 40 or more doubles and 30 or more homers in a single season. Hank Greenberg, Bobby Higginson and Rudy York were the others. Cabrera has 31 homers.

    Game notes

    Scherzer has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts. ... Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch was held out of the starting lineup. ... Toronto second baseman Hill batted eighth for the second straight game. ... Encarnacion's error was his team-leading 14th of the season. ... Romero lost for the first time since July 22 at Detroit. ... Laird has hit safely in a season-high seven straight games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumRogers Centre, Toronto, ON
    Attendance16,088 (32.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:26
    Weather70 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind12 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Brian Onora

    Research Notes

    How Tigers starter Max Scherzer beat the Blue Jays: - Threw 80 fastballs (2nd highest total on the season), and the Jays struggled to hit the pitch. They missed on 28.2 percent of all fastballs which led to 4 strikeouts. - Mixed in his changeup (22 pitches, 17 strikes). The change kept the Blue Jays guessing, as they missed 46.7 percent and chased 50 percent. It also led to 7 outs including 4 strikeouts. - Scherzer jammed hitters inside, getting 9 outs (4 strikeouts). Over Scherzer's last four starts, opponents are hitting 3-30 (.100) with 7 strikeouts. - The Blue Jays Jose Bautista did hit a home run for Scherzer's only run allowed, but besides the MLB leader in homers, the Jays did not touch third base.

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