Detroit, MI (WKZO) – After finishing up an 11 game road trip, the Tigers were looking forward to returning to Comerica Park. However, the Chicago White Sox spoiled the homecoming. The White Sox scored 10 runs in the final two innings en route to an 11-4 crushing victory over the Tigers.
After the start of the game was delayed for 38 minutes due to rain, the first seven innings were relatively boring between the Tigers and White Sox. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a solo home run in the fifth for the Tigers and Dayan Viciedo countered with a solo home run of his own for the White Sox in the sixth and that was pretty much it. Then the eighth inning happened.
Justin Verlander, who had tremendous success recently over the Tigers Central Division foe (12-1 in his last 13 starts against the South-siders), allowed back-to-back singles to start the eighth, then Adam Dunn torched a 3-2 pitch off Verlander over the right field wall to give the Sox a 4-1 lead. Verlander gave up two more singles before getting lifting in favor of Al Alburquerque, who didn’t fare much better.
On Alburquerque’s second pitch, Viciedo belted his second home run of the game increasing the Sox lead to 7-1. Alburquerque gave up three more hits to load the bases and was removed from the game. Phil Coke relieved Alburquerque and gave up a single scoring the seventh and final run of the eighth inning. The White Sox added three more runs in the ninth to hit double figures. They also had a season high 23 hits to go along with their 11 runs. Before Tuesday night’s game the White Sox had scored a total of six runs over their previous four games.
Alex Rios had six hits for the Sox and became the first person ever to record four hits in a single game off Justin Verlander. The six hits were a career high for Rios, who also drove in two runs and stole two bases.
Jose Quintana was phenomenal in his third career start against Detroit, as the White Sox 24-year old lefty picked up his fourth win of the year, after allowing just three runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking just one. This was the first win since May 21st.
Miguel Cabrera was able to connect on his 29th home run of the year in the eighth inning, a two-run blast to left-center field. The home run was Cabrera’s 350th of his career and he now holds the Tigers’ record for most home runs hit before the All-Star break. Cabrera leads the AL in batting average and RBI’s and trails Chris Davis by four in the home run department.
Game Notes: Verlander finsihed with a season low three strikeouts...Perez Hernan made his first start of the year for the Tigers at 2nd base after being recalled from Double-A Erie and went 0 for 4....Victor Martinez had two hits, extending his hit streak to 11 games...Don Kelly hit a solo home run in the ninth inning for the Tigers final run...With the loss and a Cleveland Indians win on Tuesday, the Tigers lead the AL Central by 2.5 games...The Tigers and White Sox play the middle game of a three game set on Wednesday night. Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82 ERA) gets the start for Detroit. Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) takes the mound for Chicago.