American League Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago|
(Monday, July 22nd)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Coming off an All-Star Game start, Max Scherzer
threw eight strong innings and got back in the win column as the Detroit
Tigers downed the Chicago White Sox, 7-3, to start a four-game series at U.S.
Victor Martinez singled four times and drove in three runs, as the AL Central
leaders won back-to-back contests for the first time since winning five
straight, July 2-6. Torii Hunter launched a solo homer.
Scherzer (13-1), who tossed a scoreless inning in the All-Star Game, threw 105
pitches on Monday. He gave up four hits and a pair of runs while striking out
five without issuing a walk to bounce back from a loss July 13 against Texas.
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera exited the game in the fifth inning due to
a sore left hip flexor muscle. He was replaced by Don Kelly and is listed as
"He's tough, he won't be out long," Hunter said. "If you need to rest him a
couple of days, I guess we have to do that. We need him for the long run."
Chris Sale (6-9), who threw the ensuing two scoreless frames after Scherzer at
the Midsummer Classic, struck out 11 in an eight-inning performance. The lefty
fell to 1-7 over his last nine starts.
Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo homered for the White Sox, who had just five
hits and saw their two-game wining streak stopped.
Prince Fielder singled to right field to drive in Hunter in the third inning.
Scherzer didn't allow a base-runner until the fifth when Adam Dunn led off
with a single, but the Tigers padded their lead for him in the top of the
frame. They loaded the bases with two outs, and Martinez bounced a single up
the middle for a 3-0 advantage. Cabrera scored on the play, but he appeared to
slow up on his way to home plate.
Viciedo started the bottom of the sixth with a homer to right, but Hunter got
that run back with a blast to the same part of the field in the seventh.
Gillaspie homered to right with one out in the eighth to get Chicago within
4-2, but a pair of errors in the ninth helped the Tigers extend their lead.
Brayan Pena singled and Hernan Perez reached first on Ramon Troncoso's
fielding gaffe. Pena then broke for third, and went home when Alexei Ramirez's
throw to third was wide. Austin Jackson followed with an RBI double, and later
in the inning Martinez singled to center to drive in Detroit's final run.
"If we play better defense, we're probably in that game a little more," White
Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Alex Rios scored on a balk from Bruce Rondon in the bottom of the ninth.
Scherzer moved to 6-0 in 10 road starts this season. He had his streak of six
or more strikeouts to begin a season end in his 20th start ... Prior to the
game, the White Sox activated first baseman Paul Konerko from the 15-day
disabled list. He went 0-for-3 ... Chicago is 11-20 versus the AL Central.
The White Sox started a stretch of playing their next 14 games, and 28
of the next 31, against opponents in their own division.
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