Sports

Max Scherzer Ks 14 in 8 scoreless innings, Tigers beat Pirates 5-2

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after the last out during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. Scherzer had 14 strikeouts for the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after the last out during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. Scherzer had 14 strikeouts for the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after the last out during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. Scherzer had 14 strikeouts for the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after the last out during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Detroit. Scherzer had 14 strikeouts for the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in eight shutout innings, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Scherzer (14-4) took another step toward a second straight American League Cy Young Award, holding Pittsburgh to three hits and two walks. Since June 22, Scherzer is 6-1 in 10 starts with a 1.78 ERA and 85 strikeouts as opposed to only 52 hits.

Scherzer's performance and a homer from J.D. Martinez gave the Tigers a much-needed sweep of the short two-game series and a split of the four games in the home-and-home series that started Monday in Pittsburgh.

Francisco Liriano (3-9) took a tough loss for Pittsburgh, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out nine, but wasn't able to match Scherzer's brilliance.