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The Juice: Max Scherzer improves to 16-1; Dodgers set team record for consecutive road wins

Mark Townsend
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Max Scherzer's incredible season continued as he became the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2001 to win 16 of his first 17 decisions in a season. Scherzer joined the elite company by carrying a shutout into the eighth inning against the hapless Chicago White Sox, before turning it over to his bullpen for the final four outs. When he left, he'd allowed only three hits and three walks while striking out six, but as has been consistently the case following his wins, Scherzer was quick to give credit to those around him.

From the Associated Press:

''I've always said that we have so much talent in this clubhouse,'' Scherzer said. ''Miggy's a big part of it, but even without Miggy, there's plenty of guys in here that are very capable of dominating in the major leagues.''

Torii Hunter provided all the offense he needed with a first inning solo homer. Jhonny Peralta and Jose Iglesias added solo shots of their own to make it a 3-0 victory. It's Detroit's 11th win in their last 12 games, and Miguel Cabrera has only played in four of those.

Dodgers break team record: With their 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers set a new franchise record for consecutive road victories with 13. That breaks the 12-game standard they originally set in 1924 when they were known as the Brooklyn Robins and equaled in Friday's victory over Chicago. The Dodgers broke the record behind the left arm of Chris Capuano, who pitched more like Clayton Kershaw on Saturday with 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Carl Crawford was the offensive star with three hits and two RBIs.

From the Associated Press:

''It's a good feeling to be a part of history, to keep winning,'' Crawford said. ''The team is jelling really well right now.''

The only downside for Los Angeles is Yasiel Puig can't stop running into walls and diving all over the field. After surviving a nasty looking crash into Wrigley Field's lightly padded brick wall along the right field line, he'd later leave the game after making a diving catch in right center when his left wrist bent under his body. He was diagnosed with a wrist contusion and will be day-to-day with the rest of us.

MORE SCORES

Royals 4, Mets 3 (12 inn.): After dropping Friday’s game in 11, the Royals win in 12 on Justin Maxwell’s home run.

A's 4, Rangers 1: Oakland frustrated Matt Garza with the long ball and some small ball.

Braves 5, Phillies 4 (12 inn.): The Braves win their ninth straight on Dan Uggla's RBI groundout.

Mariners 8, Orioles 4: Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five.

Pirates 5, Rockies 2: Francisco Liriano is now 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his last eight starts.

Nationals 3, Brewers 0: Adam LaRoche borrowed Jayson Werth's bat and snapped a 1 for 28 slump with a home run.

Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 2: Jake Peavy wins his Boston debut by tossing seven innings of two-run ball.

Rays 2, Giants 1 (10 inn.): David Price and Tim Lincecum were both excellent, but Wil Myers provided the difference with a walk-off single.

Reds 8, Cardinals 3: Devin Mesoraco homers twice as Cincinnati secures a much needed division win.

Indians 4, Marlins 3: Cleveland swipes six bases, including three by Michael Bourn.

Twins 6, Astros 4: Minnesota gets six scoreless frames from their bullpen following a rough start by Kyle Gibson.

Yankees 3, Padres 0: In his second game off the disabled list, Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie.

Angels 7, Blue Jays 3: Toronto falls to a season worst 16 games behind first place. That might give Angels fans something to smile about.

''I got ready like three different times. I think it helps that I have experience in this situation. My first home run was a pinch-hit grand slam, and I hit three pinch-hit home runs last year.''

— Pinch-hitter extraordinaire Justin Maxwell

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(USA Today)

82-year-old Jack McKeon (left) looking happy and healthy one month after double-bypass surgery. He attended Saturday night's Marlins game with team owner Jeffrey Loria (right).

• The White Sox have lost 9 straight games, their longest losing streak since 1991.

• Giancarlo Stanton is batting .191 with runners in scoring position.

• Derek Jeter is out through the weekend as he continues dealing with a calf issue.

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