- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over eight innings, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Houston Astros 2-0 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the eighth. Catcher Alex Avila threw out two runners in the late innings for the Tigers, who have the best record in the AL.

Houston, which has the worst record in the majors, has lost three in a row.

Scherzer (4-1) earned his fourth straight win.


Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.

Jarred Cosart (1-3) allowed an unearned run and four hits in seven innings.

TWINS 1, INDIANS 0, 10 INNINGS

CLEVELAND (AP) - Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving the Twins a win.

Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats.

Caleb Thielbar (2-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Glen Perkins struck out two in the 10th for his eighth save.