By NOAH TRISTER/AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) – Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Detroit allowed seven runs in the seventh in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but this time the big inning belonged to the Tigers.
Hector Noesi (5-8) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. He has hit safely in 37 of his last 38 games.
Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.
Noesi won his previous two starts, and he struck out Austin Jackson to start Wednesday’s game, but the next eight Detroit hitters reached base. Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive RBI singles, and Castellanos followed with an opposite-field homer to make it 6-0. Castellanos was back at third base after missing Tuesday’s game with an injured finger.
Noesi settled down after the first, but the damage was done.
Scherzer, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his last seven starts. He faced the minimum 15 hitters through the first five innings – the Tigers turned double plays after singles by Adam Eaton in the first and fourth. Dayan Viciedo ended Scherzer’s bid for a shutout with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and that ended up being the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner’s final inning.
Dunn hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth, his 17th of the year.
The game started after a 29-minute rain delay.
White Sox: Chicago announced before the game that reliever Nate Jones underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday. He’s expected to need a 12-to-15 month recovery period.
Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who left Tuesday’s game with a back issue, said he was in pain when he would bend down to take groundballs. He was given the night off.
White Sox: Left-hander John Danks (9-6) is scheduled to take the mound in the series finale against Detroit. Danks held the Tigers to one run in 6 1-3 innings on April 21.
Tigers: Drew Smyly (6-9) will try to build on an impressive outing against the Los Angeles Angels in his last start. The Detroit left-hander struck out 11 in a 2-1 loss.
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