Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer went the first three months of the regular season without recording a loss.
Now all he needs to do is go another month without one.
Baseball's only 20-game winner passed his first test.
Scherzer had 11 strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball Friday and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in Game 1 of a rematch of last year's American League Division Series.
Miguel Cabrera's RBI single highlighted Detroit's three-run first, which was more than enough cushion for the 21-game winner Scherzer (1-0), who surrendered just three hits.
Scherzer built a 13-0 record before finally taking his first loss July 13 against the Texas Rangers.
He struck out 240 batters and posted a 2.90 ERA during the regular season to get the ball for Game 1 in place of inconsistent ace Justin Verlander, who will start Game 2 Saturday. Verlander beat the A's in Games 1 and 5 of last year's ALDS.