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Scherzer Becomes First Tigers’ Starter to Open 10-0 Since 1909

June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Max Scherzer became the first Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher in 104 years to start a season with a 10-0 record, allowing one run over six innings in a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

George Mullin had been the most recent Tigers’ starter to win his first 10 decisions during the 1909 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last Major League Baseball starting pitcher to open a season with a 10-0 record was Roger Clemens, who won his first 11 decisions in 1997.

Scherzer had 10 strikeouts and was backed by Miguel Cabrera’s 19th home run of the season, a two-run shot during the bottom of the first inning in Detroit.

The New York Mets waited out a 3 hour, 52 minute rain delay before losing to the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on a two-run, game-ending homer by Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dillon Gee drove in a run with a single and pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings before Freeman’s home run.

The Kansas City Royals won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating the Cleveland Indians 2-1 as pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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