DETROIT — Max Scherzer found his form after three rocky starts, Austin Jackson tripled twice and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Saturday night.
Victor Martinez had three hits and two RBIs and Jhonny Peralta homered for the Tigers, who moved within one percentage point of first-place Cleveland in the A.L. Central after being as many as eight games behind in early May.
Scherzer (8-2) had struggled in his last three starts, but was back in charge against Seattle’s struggling offense. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings to tie for the AL lead in wins.
Mariners rookie Michael Pineda had the worst start of his brief career, giving up a career-high six runs — five earned — on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.