Max Scherzer pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over eight innings, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Houston Astros 2-0 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.
Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the eighth. The Tigers have the best record in the AL.
Houston, which has the worst record in the majors, has lost three in a row.
Scherzer (4-1) earned his fourth straight win. The reigning Cy Young Award winner has struck out at least seven in each of his seven starts this season, the only pitcher to pull off that feat in franchise history and the first for any team since San Francisco's Tim Lincecum in 2010.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.
Jarred Cosart (1-3) allowed an unearned run in seven innings.