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MLB: Detroit 12, Chicago White Sox 5

Sept. 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

DETROIT, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer Friday and Max Scherzer reached the 20-win mark in Detroit's 12-5 mauling of the Chicago White Sox.

Scherzer (20-3) became the first in the majors this year to record 20 victories. He did so in his fifth try, having gone 0-2 in four starts since capturing his 19th win on Aug. 24.

He gave up three runs on six hits in six innings with three strikeouts.

The Tigers scored seven times over the first three frames, but had only a four-run lead heading into the fifth.

Nine men batted in that inning, during which Prince Fielder singled home two runs and then scored on the home run by Martinez. A triple by Omar Infante delivered the last run of the inning.

Detroit trimmed its magic number for clinching the American League Central title to three.

Dylan Axelrod (4-10) was charged with the loss, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3.

In addition to their five-run fifth, Detroit put together a four-run third that included a two-run single from Torii Hunter.

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