American League Game Summary - Chicago at Detroit|
(Saturday, July 21st)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Chicago 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - When looking at the matchup of Chris Sale
versus Rick Porcello, one might think Sale and the White Sox have the big
Not so on Saturday.
Porcello (7-5) looked more like the Cy Young Award candidate and the pitcher
many expected him to be, allowing one run in eight-plus innings to put the
Detroit Tigers into first place with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers, whom many expected to run away with the AL Central, have taken a
circuitous route to get back into the division's top spot. With the victory,
the team's fourth straight, Detroit is alone in first place for the first time
since April 22.
Porcello, a former first-round pick, was the reason why on Saturday, allowing
only five hits and nary a walk with four strikeouts.
"It was a big win," Porcello said. "It put us in first place and put us in
position to possibly sweep these guys and at the very least take two out of
three. Everybody really played well."
He also got offensive support from Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, with the
former hitting a go-ahead two-run double and adding a two-run single and the
latter a three-run homer.
Sale (11-3) had an eight-decision win streak snapped -- the longest in the AL
this year -- after tying a season-worst with five runs allowed in seven
innings. It's only the second time in 17 starts in which he's allowed more
than three runs this season.
"I've got to make better pitches against a team like that," Sale said. "Up and
down the lineup, they've got guys that can hit. They'll hurt you."
The White Sox have lost four straight and five of six.
Porcello retired the first 12 hitters he faced, but Sale matched him zero for
zero early on. In the fifth, the White Sox got their first baserunner when
Paul Konerko led off with a single.
Konerko was erased on Alex Rios' fielder's choice grounder, but Rios moved to
second on a groundout and scored on Dayan Viciedo's two-out single to right.
Porcello barely made another mistake the rest of the way.
Detroit immediately answered in the home half, all with two outs. Gerald Laird
kept the inning alive with a single, and Danny Worth followed with another
base hit. Jackson put the Tigers ahead for good with a two-run double to
In the next inning, Miguel Cabrera singled and Jhonny Peralta walked to
precede Boesch's two-out blast to right for a comfortable 5-1 Detroit
The only other baserunner Porcello allowed was a leadoff single in the eighth,
but he followed by inducing a double-play groundout to erase the threat.
Jackson added a two-run single in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Detroit leads the season series, 6-4...The Tigers have won 10 of 11 at
home...Sale's last loss came on May 12 against Kansas City...The White Sox
acquired pitcher Brett Myers in a trade with the Houston Astros for two
pitchers and a player to be named later...Chicago fell to 7-22 this season
when going homerless in a game...Jackson tied a career-high with four RBI,
previously doing it on May 9, 2011.
07/21 21:09:59 ET