DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven solid innings and Danny Worth hit his first homer, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The AL Central-leading Tigers swept the three-game series. They've won five of six on a homestand that ends against the Minnesota Twins.
Scherzer (6-6) has won a career-high four straight. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Robbie Weinhardt gave up a run in his major league debut and Phil Coke got the final three outs for his first save with the Tigers.
Baltimore is a season-worst 34 games under .500 after losing six of their last seven.
Brad Bergesen (3-6) hasn't won in almost two months. He gave up four runs and 11 hits in six innings.
The Tigers scored one run in the first and third innings and two in the fifth before Baltimore broke through with a run in the seventh.
Rookie Austin Jackson hit a leadoff double — extending his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games — advanced on Johnny Damon's sacrifice bunt and Magglio Ordonez's groundout brought him home for the first run.
Worth, playing in his 25th game, led off the third with a solo homer to make it 2-0.
Nick Markakis had a two-out single in the fourth for the Orioles' first hit after they struck out six times against Scherzer, who fanned 14 in a game earlier this year.
The Tigers built a four-run cushion they needed in the fifth. Rookie Brennan Boesch hit a two-out double, scored on Carlos Guillen's single, and Brandon Inge's RBI double made it 4-0.
Baltimore finally scored in the seventh on Matt Wieters' RBI single, scoring Adam Jones after he doubled.
Jones led off the ninth with a triple off Weinhardt, ending his night. Wieters hit a sacrifice fly off Coke, who got Felix Pie to pop up and pinch-hitter Jake Fox to strike out.
NOTES: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 16 games — one short of his career high — in the first inning. ... After an off day Thursday, Detroit will open a three-game series at home against Minnesota with Justin Verlander pitching for the Tigers and Francisco Liriano for the Twins. ... Baltimore, 1-5 on its road trip, will travel to play Texas on Thursday night.