Chicago White Sox
Detroit is one game ahead of the second-place Royals, who beat Cleveland 2-0 Monday night, after the Indians finished off a victory in a suspended game against Kansas City.
The biggest issue for Detroit was its defense, particularly in the early going.
The Tigers put it away with three runs in the ninth, as J.D. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Alex Avila and Don Kelly added RBI singles.
After the Tigers tagged Sale for three runs in the first inning, the White Sox countered with six-straight off of Max Scherzer.
Martinez has been with the Tigers since coming over from the Red Sox in 2011, but missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL.
It was the first time this season that the former AL MVP allowed fewer than two runs in a game.
Austin Jackson is starting the settle in with the Seattle Mariners.
The game quickly became a secondary concern in the Motor City when the Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster three-team deal.
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.
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