White Sox 11, Tigers 4
The Sports Xchange
By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange
White Sox 11, Tigers 4
DETROIT -- Jose Abreu blasted his major-league-leading 31st home run during a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst, and he drove in four runs as the Chicago White Sox overpowered the Detroit Tigers 11-4 Monday night at Comerica Park.
The Chicago first baseman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a fourth-inning single prior to his two-run shot. Abreu, who also had an 18-game hitting streak from June 15-July 4, added a two-run double and took the major league lead in RBIs with 83.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run double and third baseman Conor Gillaspie supplied three hits, including two singles during the seventh when the White Sox (52-55) sent 12 men to the plate. Designated hitter Adam Dunn added a solo home run.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana (6-7) survived six shaky innings, giving up nine hits and walking two en route to the victory. Manager Robin Ventura notched his 200th win.
First baseman Victor Martinez had three hits and right fielder J.D. Martinez contributed an RBI triple for the Tigers (57-46), who lost their fourth game in a row.
Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez (7-5) was knocked out of the game and recently acquired reliever Joakim Soria was clobbered during Chicago's big inning, which began with the score knotted at 2-2.
Gillaspie scored the go-ahead run on an error by left fielder Rajai Davis before Soria entered the game. Soria promptly gave up four consecutive hits, beginning with center fielder Adam Eaton's single that loaded the bases before Ramirez cleared them with his double. Abreu and Dunn followed with back-to-back home runs.
Abreu made it 11-2 with a double off reliever Ian Krol in the eighth.
Sanchez allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second. Designated hitter Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single, and he scored on J.D. Martinez's triple into the right field corner. A sacrifice fly by catcher Bryan Holaday brought home Martinez.
The White Sox tied it in the fourth. The rally featured three singles, including Gillaspie's run-scoring hit, and second baseman Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left the game in the bottom of the fourth due to lower back tightness.
NOTES: Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos was a late scratch because of a right index finger contusion. Manager Brad Ausmus adjusted his lineup by inserting J.D. Martinez in right field and moving Miguel Cabrera from first base to third, Victor Martinez from designated hitter to first and Torii Hunter from right field to DH. ... White Sox RHP Matt Lindstrom threw a simulated game Tuesday as he works his way back from left ankle surgery. Lindstrom was the team's closer before he was injured May 19. ... The Tigers, who have played four fewer games than the White Sox, do not have another day off until Aug. 18. Detroit has just four off days the remainder of the season. ... The White Sox began the night 5-15 in their past 20 games at Detroit. ... Rock star Jack White threw out the first pitch.