Chicago, IL (WKZO) – At this rate Miguel Cabrera should just remain out of the lineup until he is 100% healthy. For the second night in a row the Tigers were without their slugger in the lineup and for a second consecutive game they beat the White Sox 6-2 for their fourth win in a row and third straight over the White Sox.
The Tigers offense scored five of their six runs via home runs off of White Sox starter John Danks. The home run barged started early as Prince Fielder jacked his 17th long ball of the year in the first inning with two runners on. Austin Jackson followed up with a solo shot in the second and Torii Hunter hit his second home run of the series in the fifth, also a solo shot, increasing their lead to 5-0. Jackson, Hunter and Fielder each hit singles as well.
Also for the second night in a row the Tigers starting pitcher held the White Sox scoreless. This time it was Anibal Sanchez who went six innings striking out five while allowing six hits and walking just one and improving his record to 8-7.
Alex Avila had an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Tigers sixth run. Hernan Perez had two singles.
The White Sox finally got on the board in the seventh as Bruce Rondon gave up an RBI single Alexei Ramirez in the seventh. Drew Smyly allowed two hits but struck out the side in the eight pitch. Luke Putkonen gave up a solo home run to Dayan Viciedo for the White Sox final run. Joaquin Benoit got the final two outs to close out the game and move the Tigers to 12 games above .500 for the first time this season. The Tigers also increased their lead to 3.5 games over the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central lead.
Danks (2-8) took the loss for the White Sox. He gave up all six runs – all earned – and 11 hits while striking out three and walking one over seven innings.
Game Notes: Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave no update on Cabrera’s condition and whether or not he will play on Thursday…Matt Tuiasosopo hit third again on Wednesday and was 0 for 2 with a walk and scored on Fielder’s home run. Don Kelly manned the hot corner and was 1 for 4…Sanchez was credited with a quality start and the Tigers as team now have 56 on the year to lead the Major Leagues…Tigers look for the sweep on Thursday afternoon as Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) looks to rebound from a poor outing against the Royals during the Tigers last game before the All-Star break. Verlander was touched up for five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while suffering his seventh loss of the year. Jake Peavy (7-4, 4.19) gets the start for the White Sox. Peavy has not faced the Tigers this year but was 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA against the Tigers in 2012. Coverage beings on 590 WKZO at 1:45 and first pitch is set for 2:10.