Tigers Pounded By White Sox 11-4
By NOAH TRISTER/AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) – Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs, part of a seven-run seventh inning that sent the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Chicago sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Joakim Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double in the inning.
Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings.
Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning. Soria made his first home appearance since the Tigers acquired him in a trade with Texas. He retired only one of the seven hitters he faced and allowed his first two homers of the season.
Abreu hit his major league-leading 31st homer of the year. He finished with three hits, extending his hitting streak to 18 games.
With men on first and second and one out in the seventh, Tyler Flowers singled to left, and left fielder Rajai Davis’ error allowed a run to score from second. That gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.
Soria replaced Sanchez, and after Adam Eaton’s single loaded the bases, Ramirez doubled to make it 6-2. Abreu followed with a two-run homer, and Dunn’s solo shot made it 9-2.
Abreu has hit safely in 36 of his last 37 games. His two-run double in the eighth made it 11-2.
Sanchez allowed five runs – four earned – and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
White Sox: Reliever Matt Lindstrom (left ankle) threw batting practice to outfielder Avisail Garcia (left shoulder) before the game. Garcia has not played since early April, and Lindstrom has been out since mid-May. Manager Robin Ventura says the team will know more about their status when the White Sox return to Chicago for a six-game homestand that starts Friday.
Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez left the game in the fourth inning with lower back tightness, and third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched shortly before the game with an injured right index finger. Castellanos was hit with a groundball during batting practice. He and Suarez are both day to day.
White Sox: Right-hander Hector Noesi (5-7) starts against the Tigers on Wednesday night and will try for his third straight win. He allowed four runs in a victory over Detroit on June 9.
Tigers: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-3) takes the mound. He’s unbeaten in his last six starts.
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