Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer to back 1, in the opener of a three-game series.

Scherzer (13-7) allowed just one run on five hits and a walk. He fanned six and a established a new career-high for wins in a season.

Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back home runs for the Tigers, who hold a 2 1/2 lead over the Indians for first place in the AL Central.

Jose Valverde tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 36th save of the season.

Josh Tomlin (12-6) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.

Carlos Santana scored the lone run for the Indians, who had won two straight entering the series.