DETROIT (CBS SPORTS) – Max Scherzer has done more than just salvage his season.

He’s helped the Detroit Tigers stay right behind the Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central.

Scherzer allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and the Tigers pulled within a game of first place with a 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night. After an awful start to 2012 — his ERA was 6.26 on May 15 — Scherzer has bounced back impressively. He’s now won five straight starts, providing a dependable complement to ace Justin Verlander.

“I knew coming in tonight this was a huge start for us,” Scherzer said. “We needed to win this game to get us back in the thick of things.”

Detroit has taken the first two games of this series from the AL Central-leading White Sox and will send Verlander to the mound Sunday night to try for a sweep. Scherzer (15-6) struck out nine with one walk.

Delmon Young homered and tripled for the Tigers.


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