TORONTO – Max Scherzer won his sixth consecutive decision, Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 on Monday night.
Scherzer (6-0) has not lost in eight starts this season. His season-opening winning streak is the longest by a Tigers pitcher since Jeremy Bonderman won eight straight in 2007.
Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, matching his shortest start of the year. He walked three and struck out five.
Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Austin Jackson had four RBIs for the Tigers, who have won six of seven to even their record at 18-18.
Toronto lost for the seventh time in nine games and dropped a season-high five games below .500.
Al Alburquerque pitched two innings and Joaquin Benoit worked the eighth for Detroit.
Ryan Perry walked the bases loaded in the ninth before giving up a two-run double to Corey Patterson and, one out later, an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Valverde came on after Perry hit Aaron Hill with a pitch and ended it by getting Juan Rivera to ground out.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first on Jose Bautista's RBI double, then made it 2-0 when Yunel Escobar led off the third with his third home run.
Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow, who had allowed just one hit and one walk through the first three innings, fell apart in the fourth, when the Tigers scored six runs and sent 10 batters to the plate.
Brennan Boesch struck out to start the inning but reached safely when catcher Jose Molina couldn't hang onto the third strike. After Miguel Cabrera walked, Martinez hit an RBI double and Don Kelly followed with a run-scoring single.
Jhonny Peralta lined out hard to shortstop and Morrow was yanked after walking Alex Avila to load the bases. Shawn Camp came on and fanned Ryan Raburn, then gave up a three-run double to Jackson and an RBI double to Ramon Santiago.
Morrow allowed five runs and three hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Detroit added four more in the seventh off reliever Octavio Dotel, again sending 10 batters to the plate. Martinez homered to right, his third, Raburn hit an RBI single and another run scored on Encarnacion's throwing error at third base.
Kelly left the game with a sore right ankle after being hit by a pitch in the seventh. He was replaced by Brandon Inge at third base.
NOTES: Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind missed his second straight game with a sore lower back. ... Inge, Magglio Ordonez and Scott Sizemore were held out of the starting lineup for Detroit. ... Boesch twice made the final out in 10-batter innings, grounding out to end the fourth and seventh. ... Encarnacion has made seven errors this season, second in the AL to Texas SS Elvis Andrus, who had eight entering play Monday. ... Attendance was 11,785, Toronto's third-smallest crowd of the season.