Scherzer is unbeaten in 14 starts this season and racked up his third win in three appearances with the 113-pitch performance, during which he allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out 10.
The right-hander, who has logged 116 strikeouts over 96 1/3 innings this season, fanned at least 10 batters for the fifth time this season.
Miguel Cabrera put Detroit ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the first inning, his 19th of the year, and Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the American League Central-leading Tigers.
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta (1-2) was tagged for five runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 frames.
Chris Davis cracked his MLB-best 24th round-tripper as Baltimore dropped the opener of a three-game series.
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