Close
 
               === Porcello goes nine, Tigers whip White Sox ===
 
 Chicago,  IL  (Sports Network) - Prince  Fielder and Alex Avila both collected
 four  hits and drove in a pair of runs, as Detroit downed Chicago, 9-1, in the
 middle test of a three-game series.
 
 Fielder ended 4-for-5 with a solo homer, while Avila was 4-for-4 with two runs
 scored  for the Tigers,  who put the brakes on a three-game skid and rebounded
 from a loss in Monday's opener.
 
 Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson both contributed two hits, an RBI and a run
 scored as Detroit maintained its healthy lead atop the AL Central.
 
 Rick  Porcello (12-8)  went the  distance for  the first  time in  his career,
 giving up one run on seven hits with five strikeouts.
 
 "He had some innings where he got some quick outs and I think that saved him,"
 Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Porcello.
 
 Conor  Gillaspie totaled two hits and drove in the lone run for the White Sox,
 who had won two in a row.
 
 Erik  Johnson  (0-2) was pulled after  3 2/3 frames, having allowed seven hits
 and  six runs,  though only two were  earned -- with four strikeouts and three
 walks.
 
 "I  had some tough breaks out there, but I thought I attacked the zone as best
 that I could," Johnson said.
 
 Detroit  picked up two runs in the first. Andy Dirks singled with one out then
 advanced  on a  passed ball before scoring  on a Gillaspie throwing error on a
 Miguel  Cabrera grounder.  Fielder singled to put runners on the corners and a
 Martinez fly to left made it 2-0.
 
 The  lead  was stretched  to 5-0 in  the third. Fielder  belted a two-out solo
 shot,  Martinez  singled, Don Kelly walked  and Omar Infante reached on a Paul
 Konerko error ahead of a two-run single by Avila.
 
 Jackson  doubled to start the fourth and scored on a two-out hit from Fielder,
 then  after a wild pitch and walk to Martinez, Johnson was finally lifted from
 the contest down 6-0.
 
 Chicago  answered in the home fourth, as three straight singles, the last from
 Gillaspie, plated Konerko, whose one-out hit started the sequence.
 
 The  Tigers roared back  in the fifth, when Avila doubled, moved to third on a
 Jose Iglesias grounder and scored on a Gillaspie error.
 
 It  was  9-1 in the  ninth as an  Iglesias base hit  with runners on first and
 second sent one run home and Jackson followed with a base hit to score Avila.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Detroit  has won nine  of 15 from Chicago this season, and five of nine on the
 south  side  of America's  third-largest city  ... Porcello's longest previous
 outing  this season  was an  eight-inning  scoreless foray  in a  1-0 loss  to
 Pittsburgh  on  May 28,  during  which  he  fanned  a season-high  11  batters
 ...Detroit  announced  on Tuesday  that  shortstop  Jhonny Peralta,  currently
 serving  the latter portion of his 50-game suspension for a violation of MLB's
 drug policy, will join the club on Wednesday ... Prior to the game, the Tigers
 recalled pitcher Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo.
 
 
 09/11 03:01:04 ET