American League Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago|
(Monday, August 12th)
Final Score: Chicago 6, Detroit 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Sale tossed a complete game and received
some rare help from his offense as the Chicago White Sox posted a 6-2 victory
over the Detroit Tigers to open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale (8-11), who has received the lowest run support of any starting pitcher
in the majors this season, scattered nine hits and did not walk a batter in
going the distance for the fourth time in 2013. The All-Star lefty was backed
by a 14-hit attack and a three-run fifth inning that carried Chicago to only
its fifth win in the last 18 games.
Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger led the charge with three hits apiece, while
Josh Phegley went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the triumph.
"Our record doesn't show it, but we're playing better baseball just in terms
of playing cleaner, making routine plays, putting us in position to possibly
win the game," Beckham said.
Detroit lost for the third time in four outings following a season-best 12-
game win streak despite two more hits from Miguel Cabrera, including the
slugger's 37th home run of the year.
Doug Fister (10-6) took the loss after being reached for four runs on eight
hits over six innings.
"I didn't do enough," Fister said. "We have plenty of confidence in the
offense to put it together and pick me up, but at the same time I didn't do my
job. I've got to go out there and give them a better chance to win, especially
against a great pitcher we were facing tonight."
Fister faced the minimum through the game's opening three innings, but ran
into some trouble while trying to protect a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the
The White Sox loaded the bases with two out on a Beckham single and a pair of
walks, then produced their initial run of the night when Fister uncorked a
wild pitch with ex-Tiger Avisail Garcia at the plate.
Fister endured an even rougher fifth inning, with five of Chicago's first six
hitters collecting hits as the White Sox surged ahead.
Keppinger began the outburst with a ground-rule double and Phegley singled him
home two batters later to tie the contest. After Alejandro De Aza also reached
on a base hit, Beckham hit a hard grounder that caromed off Fister's leg and
into short right field as Phegley came around with the go-ahead run. Alexei
Ramirez followed with another single that plated De Aza for a 4-2 advantage.
Sale handled the Tigers the rest of the way, with Detroit's only real threat
coming when Cabrera and Prince Fielder started the sixth with singles before
eventually being left stranded.
The Tigers mustered just two more singles over the last three frames.
Chicago gave Sale some additional breathing room with a two-run eighth.
Keppinger and Jordan Danks each singled off reliever Al Alburquerque and
Phegley greeted Bruce Rondon with an RBI hit to left. A sacrifice fly from De
Aza sent in Danks for a 6-2 lead.
Cabrera's fourth homer in as many games, a towering opposite-field blast to
right in the top of the first, staked Detroit to a 1-0 edge. An inning later,
Brayan Pena stroked a two-out double into the gap in right center that scored
Matt Tuiasosopo, who landed on first via a force out after Victor Martinez
Cabrera, who was named the AL's co-Player of the Week along with teammate
Austin Jackson on Monday, also homered in four straight games from May 19-23
and is batting .432 (16-for-37) with five homers and 12 RBI over a 10-game
hitting streak ... Ramirez's RBI single extended his hitting streak to nine
games ... Detroit second baseman Omar Infante, out since July 3 with an ankle
sprain, was activated from the disabled list prior to the game and went 0-
for-4 in his return ... Fister was dealt his first loss since June 21 against
Boston and entered the contest 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his previous five
08/13 01:06:06 ET