- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Max Scherzer is hard to faze.

Detroit’s right-hander wasn’t bothered by a 47-minute rain delay in the fourth inning Friday night and wasn’t flustered when the game restarted 10 minutes earlier than anticipated.

And as for the defending World Series champions? They hardly troubled him at all.

Scherzer tossed six shutout innings, outdueling Boston ace Jon Lester and leading the Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

“The rain delay had no effect on me,” said Scherzer, who won his sixth straight start and lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.83. “When I went back out there for the fourth, it was the same.”

So was his stuff.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed just three hits over six-plus innings before being removed after a leadoff single by Mike Carp in the seventh.

“This might have been the best his stuff has been all year,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Scherzer (6-1) disagreed, citing a below-average changeup and his four walks, one of which was intentional.

“It’s always going to drive me crazy when I’m not throwing first-pitch strikes and when I’m walking guys,” said Scherzer, who struck out seven. “Even though I wasn’t able to do that tonight, when runners were on base I was still able to make big-time pitches.”

Joba Chamberlain retired the side in the eighth and closer Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season.

Torii Hunter delivered an RBI single in the first inning for the Tigers, playing their first game against the Red Sox since losing last year’s American League Championship Series in six games.

Times have changed.

Detroit has baseball’s best record at 25-12, winning 13 of its last 16 games and nine in a row on the road.

Scherzer is a major reason why.

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