Tigers blank Astros for sixth straight

LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Published:

DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer is pitching so well, he's tough to beat.

The Detroit Tigers are pretty good, too, at the plate and in the field.

Scherzer pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over eight innings, leading Detroit past the Houston Astros 2-0 Monday night for its season-high sixth straight victory.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner will get credit for the win, but acknowledged he had plenty of help.

Alex Avila threw out three runners. Austin Jackson sprinted toward the center field wall to catch a deep drive. Andrew Romine perfectly placed a bunt down the third base line to put Nick Castellanos in scoring position for Rajai Davis. Davis broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

"Those are the little things that go on," Scherzer said. "That's why as a team, we're successful."

Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances for the AL-leading Tigers.

"You definitely enjoy the winning streaks," Scherzer said. "You play 162 games, if you don't enjoy these, you're just going to beat yourself up."

The Astros, who have the worst record in the majors, had a team meeting recently and manager Bo Porter told his players that they need to realize there is a lot of baseball left to play.

"I wanted to make sure that as a team, we don't lose sight of that," Porter said.

Scherzer (4-1) earned his fourth straight win. He has struck out at least seven in each of his seven starts this season, the only pitcher to pull off that feat in franchise history and the first for any team since San Francisco's Tim Lincecum in 2010.

Jarred Cosart (1-3) allowed an unearned run and four hits in seven innings. Nick Castellanos reached in the seventh because first baseman Marc Krauss dropped a perfect throw from third baseman Matt Dominguez.

"I just took my eye off the ball," Krauss said. "That was a pretty bad time to do something like that because Cosart was pitching his guts out against one of the best teams in baseball, and I handed them another out in a key situation.

"I feel horrible because I cost him a great shot at a win," he said.

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