Inge led off the seventh with a single to left, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Ryan Raburn's single. Lueke (1-1) then dumped a slider in the dirt that catcher Miguel Olivo couldn't keep from going to the backstop allowing Inge to score. It was just the start of a six-run inning for the Tigers against Seattle's relievers.
By that point, Scherzer (3-0) was ready to turn things over to the Tigers' bullpen. Scherzer gave up a two-run homer to Milton Bradley in the third inning, but benefited from Seattle's continued inability to get any clutch hitting.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas fought his way through six innings, but remained winless since last August.
Detroit rebounded after dropping the final two games of a four-game set in Oakland, but had concerns raised again about the health of designated hitter Victor Martinez after he left the game in the second inning. Martinez tweaked his groin in his final at-bat on Saturday night against Oakland, then sat out on Sunday as a precaution.
On Monday night, Martinez dumped a single into right field in his first at-bat, but the groin was definitely causing problems as Martinez jogged gingerly down to first and then over to second base moments later on Brennan Boesch's RBI single. Manager Jim Leyland and an athletic trainer rushed out to Martinez who walked slowly back to the dugout.
The Tigers said Martinez's strained groin would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Martinez wasn't needed in the Tigers' seventh inning when Seattle's bullpen imploded.
Lueke's struggles were finished off by Orlando Cabrera's single on a 3-0 pitch that scored Raburn for a two-run lead. Chris Ray took over and fared no better. Ray walked Casper Wells and saw pinch-runner Ramon Santiago score on yet another wild pitch that Olivo couldn't backhand. After intentionally walking Boesch to load the bases, Peralta cracked a drive to center field that Ryan Langerhans couldn't catch up with. The inning finally ended when Ray struck out Alex Avila and got a pop out from Inge.
Lueke and Ray combined to throw 44 pitches in the seventh, tossing just 16 strikes, allowing four hits, three walks and two wild pitches.
Scherzer nearly matched his previous two outings going six innings and giving up two or fewer earned runs. Scherzer walked four but also struck out seven.
He gave up a two-run homer to Bradley in the third inning, a 2-1 pitch that Bradley drove to deep right-center field. He also benefited from Seattle's own ineptitude in the fifth.
Scherzer somehow escaped after giving up consecutive walks to Chone Figgins and Bradley on eight pitches leading off the inning. Jack Cust then struck out looking and with Justin Smoak at the plate, Figgins was thrown out trying to steal third with a great tag applied by Inge. Smoak then completed the frustration by fouling out behind home plate to end the threat.
Vargas' only issue was a high pitch-count that knocked him out after six innings, most of them coming in the second inning when he threw 36. Bradley misplayed Boesch's double in the sixth inning that allowed Cabrera to score from first with the tying run and make sure Vargas' winless streak would continue. He hasn't won a decision since Aug. 14, 2010.
NOTES: Raburn hit a foul ball in the 1st inning that glanced off a large beam holding up the Safeco Field roof above the third-base dugout. It's the first ball in the almost 12-year history of the stadium to hit any part of the retractable roof. ... Olivo got his first hit at Safeco Field this season in the sixth inning, snapping an 0-for-18 skid. ... Smoak homered leading off the eight for Seattle, his second of the season.