By JOHN JACKSON/Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) – Jose Abreu hit an early homer off Justin Verlander, then singled to start a seven-run burst in the sixth inning that sent John Danks and the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 8-2 Wednesday night.
Abreu went 3 for 4 with a walk and scored twice. The Cuban rookie has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs this season.
Danks (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings to continue his recent turnaround. He has permitted just five runs in 29 1-3 innings over his last four starts.
Verlander (6-6) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
The seven runs in an inning matched a season high for Chicago. The White Sox, who have won two straight against the AL Central-leading Tigers, also scored seven on May 9 against Arizona.
Abreu connected on Verlander’s first pitch of the second inning for a solo homer over the left-center field wall.
Detroit tied it in the fourth when Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored on a groundout by Torii Hunter.
Singles by Abreu, Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Dayan Viciedo grounded into a double play and Abreu scored for a 2-1 lead.
It appeared as if Verlander might escape with just one run scoring, but Alejandro De Aza followed with a bloop single for a run, and Adrian Nieto and Adam Eaton drew walks to load the bases.
That brought up Gordon Beckham, and Detroit manager Brad Ausmus kept Verlander in the game despite the right-hander having thrown 121 pitches to that point. The next pitch was a 96 mph fastball that Beckham lined for a two-run single.
Reliever Ian Krol faced three batters and retired no one. He gave up a two-run double to Conor Gillaspie and – following an intentional walk to Abreu – an RBI single to Dunn.
NOTES: Cabrera (left hamstring) said he was feeling better Wednesday, but Ausmus decided to keep the slugger at DH. “Give him another day,” Ausmus said. “We don’t want this lingering.” … The White Sox have signed nine of their first 10 draft picks so far, with the lone holdout being LHP Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 pick overall. … The Tigers decided to skip LHP Drew Smyly and keep the matchup between Max Scherer (7-2) and Chris Sale (5-0) for the series finale on Thursday. Smyly, originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, will pitch Friday against Minnesota.
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