DETROIT — Max Scherzer has shrugged off the significance of his undefeated start, saying records are fluky statistics for pitchers and that he's simply playing for a good team.
When the Detroit Tigers right-hander found out he is the first to accomplish a couple feats since Rogers Clemens and Pedro Martinez, though, it knocked Scherzer off his humble script.
"That tickles me when you say those type of names," he said.
Scherzer improved to 10-0 and struck out 10, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Detroit beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.
He became the first pitcher to begin a season 10-0 — with all decisions coming in starts — since Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997, according to STATS. And Scherzer is the first to have at least six strikeouts in his first 14 starts in a season since Martinez did it in 2001 with Boston, STATS said.
"He's at the top of his game pretty much," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Scherzer allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 24th homer in the second, but struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth and the Orioles down by two runs.
"He was just coming after me," Davis said. "Of course, when you're throwing 96, 97, 98, that helps."
Angels 11, Mariners 3
At Anaheim, Calif., Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his four hits, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer, and surging Los Angeles pounded out a season-high 21 hits in a win over Seattle.
Alberto Callaspo matched his career high with four hits, driving in two runs during the Angels' seven-run sixth inning. Peter Bourjos had three hits as Los Angeles battered Aaron Harang (3-7) and the Seattle bullpen in its fourth victory in five games.
Jason Vargas (6-4) yielded four hits and recorded a season-high nine strikeouts in seven strong innings, easily beating his former teammates in his second start against the Mariners since an offseason trade.
Rangers 8, Athletics 7
At Arlington, Texas, Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and Texas snapped a six-game losing streak with an win over AL West-leading Oakland.
The Rangers had scored only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors, and all six losses came at home.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot onto the hill in straightaway center field on an 0-2 pitch from Jesse Chavez (1-1) in the fifth. Cruz added a run-scoring double in the seventh.
Royals 2, Indians 1
At Cleveland, pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a win over Cleveland.
Johnson sprinted home and slid in safely after Albers' pitch got under catcher Carlos Santana and went all the way to the backstop.
Blue Jays 2, Rockies 0
At Toronto, Maicer Izturis hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and Toronto won its sixth consecutive game with a victory over Colorado.
Josh Johnson struck out a season-high 10 over 71/3 innings but remained winless in seven starts with Toronto, having received only 13 runs of support. Johnson allowed five hits and walked two, lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 4.38.
White Sox 4, Astros 2
At Houston, Dayan Viciedo hit a bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning and Chicago beat Houston end a four-game skid and avoid its first four-game sweep since 2008.
Nate Jones (3-4) allowed three hits in 11/3 scoreless innings for the win, striking out three, and Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana yielded five hits and two runs in 42/3 innings, but didn't factor in the decision for his fourth straight start. He has a no-decision in nine of 14 starts.
Reds 4, Pirates 1
At Cincinnati, Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano, and the Cincinnati Reds moved a season-high 15 games over .500 by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Monday night.
The Reds hit four solo homers in all, extending their best start since 1995, the last time they won a playoff series.
Cozart connected in the fourth and Frazier in the sixth off Liriano (5-3), who hadn't allowed a homer in his seven previous starts. He opened the season on the disabled list, recovering from a broken right arm last December.
Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, Giancarlo Stanton drove in all three Miami runs with a pair of homers and the Marlins handed Arizona its fourth straight loss.
Patrick Corbin, trying to become the first left-handed starter in 35 years to go 10-0, allowed two hits through eight innings but gave up a two-run homer to Stanton that tied the game at 2.
Stanton's line-drive home run to right off Heath Bell (2-1) in the ninth put Miami ahead for the first time. It was the 100th homer of his career, and sixth in 43 at-bats at Chase Field.
Phillies 5, Nationals 4
At Philadelphia, Domonic Brown hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Phillies beat the Nationals.
The Nationals tied it at 4 when Chad Tracy hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon (1-0). It was the first blown save for Papelbon, who had converted his previous 13 chances.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2
At St. Louis, rookie Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings and Yadier Molina had a two-run double to lead St. Louis to a win over Chicago.
Miller (8-4), who had to wait out a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes to start the game, left due to cramping in his right leg. He allowed just two hits and struck out five in the shortest start of his career. His previous shortest stint was 51/3 innings at Los Angeles on May 26.
Braves 2, Mets 1
At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Dillon Gee, giving Atlanta a win over New York in a game that was delayed nearly four hours by rain.
Gee (5-7) totally shut down the Braves until the ninth, when Justin Upton singled with one out before Freeman launched a towering drive into the right-field seats on a 2-2 pitch to end a game that didn't start until nearly 8 p.m.