- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - White Sox ace Chris Sale was at his best. Detroit’s Max Scherzer was a little better.

Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his first career complete game, and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 win over Chicago.

Scherzer (8-2) was back in his 2013 Cy Young form, striking out eight and walking three while outdueling Sale (5-1). Only three times did the White Sox have men in scoring position.

Sale was nearly as sharp as Scherzer. He struck out 10 - all swinging - to match a season high and allowed five hits in seven innings.

“He was dominant,” Sale said of Scherzer. “You know coming into this, you know who you’re going up against and it’s not going to be easy.

“For a long time there, it was who’s going to flinch first and unfortunately it was me.”

The only run Sale allowed was on Martinez’s solo shot into the left field bullpen to lead off the fifth.

“He pitched a great game,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He made one mistake, but that can happen in a game like that.”

Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs with an infield single with two out in the eighth of reliever Jake Petricka to put the Tigers ahead 3-0. Bryan Holiday singled in an insurance run in the ninth.

Sale didn’t allow a baserunner until Rajai Davis led off the fourth with a single and left the game with Detroit leading 1-0.

Scherzer had allowed 20 runs over 26 1-3 innings in his previous four starts, going 1-1. The right-hander pitched nine innings once before in a game, on Sept. 1, 2010, in 2-1 10-inning loss to Minnesota

This time, the nine innings were all the Tigers and Scherzer needed.

“It’s awesome,” said Scherzer, who threw 113 pitches. “I finally got the monkey off my back.

“I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it’s good feeling.”

Martinez, who entered the game second in the AL with .330 average, extended his hitting streak to seven games as the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 11. By salvaging the final game of its rain-shortened series against the White Sox, first-place Detroit widened its AL Central lead to 2 ½ games over idle Kansas City.

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