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Scherzer eyes his second win of season in finale with White Sox

(SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer tries to follow up his first win of the season on Thursday when the Detroit Tigers close out a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

The American League's reigning Cy Young Award winner earned his first victory on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he allowed a run and three hits in seven innings to improve to 1-1, while lowering his ERA to 2.33.

Scherzer, who won 21 games last season, overcame a leadoff home run and struck out nine in the win. He has fanned 34 batters in 27 innings of work this season.

"For some reason, I was never concerned about the home run," Ausmus said. "Max looked, from that point on, like he was in control the entire game, really."

Scherzer has faced the White Sox 18 times and is 8-5 with a 2.67 ERA.

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Jose Quintana, who is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. Quintana was awful on Saturday in Texas, as he was hit for five runs and nine hits in five innings.

"You start seeing some of the hits in this ballpark, stuff falls in and they're going to get hits because of the way the ballpark plays," said Chicago skipper Robin Ventura of Quintana's night. "But once the ones start falling in, those are the ones that hurt you. He was pretty good. It wasn't his best stuff."

Quintana is a prefect 2-0 lifetime versus the Tigers with a 2.70 ERA in four starts.

Chicago moved back to .500 on Wednesday, as Marcus Semien belted his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the White Sox to a 6-4 win.

White Sox rookie Jose Abreu hit his seventh homer, a two-run shot in the first inning, and made a game-ending catch on a line drive down the first base line with Detroit runners at second and third base in the ninth inning.

The White Sox have now won three of their last four overall.

Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer to punctuate a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers.

White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo (1-0) threw 6 1/3 innings for the win, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Tigers lefty Drew Smyly didn't factor in the decision after striking out seven in six innings. The former reliever, making his second start of the season, gave up just six hits and a walk.

"It's tough when they get to you in the first," said Smyly. "But you have to hang with them. You can't give in."

Detroit was 12-7 against the Chicago last season.