DETROIT Max Scherzer became baseball's first 20-game winner Friday night, pitching through bad weather for six innings to help the Detroit Tigers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Scherzer (20-3) was making his fifth attempt at win No. 20. He had two losses and two no-decisions in his previous four starts before Friday's victory on a rainy night. Torii Hunter had four hits for Detroit, and Victor Martinez homered.
Dylan Axelrod (4-10) allowed seven runs in 2 2-3 innings.
The AL Central-leading Tigers lowered their magic number to eliminate second-place Cleveland to three.
Former Tiger Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer for Chicago.