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MLB: Detroit 5, Toronto 3

Aug. 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Max Scherzer struck out eight over seven strong innings Tuesday, staking the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over Toronto.

Scherzer (13-6) won his third straight start, limiting the Blue Jays to one run on five hits while walking two. The right-hander raised his strikeout total to 186 over 147 2/3 innings this season.

Jose Valverde picked up his 24th save in the ninth after the Tigers bullpen had yielded a pair of runs, securing Detroit's win in the opener of a three-game series.

Omar Infante drove in a pair of runs and Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a run scored for the second-place Tigers, who came into the game trailing the American-League Central-leading Chicago White Sox by two games.

Toronto's Rickie Romero (8-11) absorbed the loss, issuing eight walks over 5 1/3 frames. He surrendered five runs on seven hits.

Edwin Encarnacion socked his 32nd homer and David Cooper went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Blue Jays.

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