Tigers 7, White Sox 3
Max Scherzer (14-1, 137.1 IP, 3.14 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 4.0 WAR) was Max Scherzer on Monday night, turning in a sparkling 8 innings in which he allowed just 4 hits, struck out 5 and allowed just two runs, both on solo homers. He was in command early, as he retired the first 12 he faced and guided the Tigers comfortably to the 9th inning. His offense backed him up with a run in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th, and 1 in the 7th courtesy of a Fielder single, VMart single, and Hunter longball and then three bonus runs in the 9th on some weird White Sox defense and the subsequent consequences thereof. The Tigers took care of business start to finish, but got a bit of a scare as Miguel Cabrera left the game with a sore hip flexor and will be reevaluated Tuesday. The team will send Rick Porcello (6-6, 99.1 IP, 4.80 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 1.8 WAR) to the mound for game two as he looks to build on his strong first half.
The Moment: Martinez cashes in two with a two out single in the 5th.