DETROIT — For the first time in over nine months, Max Scherzer stood in front of his locker as the losing pitcher, trying to explain what went wrong.
“I threw some good pitches, they hit it. I threw some bad pitches, they hit it even farther,” the Detroit right-hander said. “It’s a loss. That’s what happens when you don’t quite pitch as well.”
Scherzer allowed four runs in the middle innings, and for once, the AL Central-leading Tigers didn’t back him with much offensive support, falling to the Texas Rangers 7-1 Saturday night. It was Scherzer’s first defeat since Sept. 23. In between, he went 22 starts — 19 in the regular season and three in the postseason — without a loss.
Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. Scherzer allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
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