Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Max Scherzer outdueled fellow All-Star Chris Sale as the Detroit Tigers beat the White Sox, 7-3, tonight in Chicago.
Miguel Cabrera was 0-for-1 with two walks and a run scored. But, while scoring that run, he suffered an injury to his left side.
Later, the Tigers said Cabrera has a sore left hip flexor and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. He's listed as day-to-day.
Victor Martinez had four singles and three RBIs. Torii Hunter had two hits, including his seventh home run of the season.
Scherzer (14-1) was perfect through four innings with three strikeouts. Adam Dunn ended any thoughts of a no-hitter with a leadoff single. With one out in the inning, Cabrera was then pulled from the game and replaced at third by Don Kelly.
Through eight innings, Scherzer gave up two earned runs on four hits and no walks. But he struck out only five, breaking his string of at least six strikeouts that spanned 19 starts, the second-longest in American League history.
Joaquin Benoit was warming up in the ninth, but when the Tigers added to their lead to make it a non-save situation, Phil Coke came in for the ninth. He got left-handed-hitter Alejandro De Aza to ground out to second. Bruce Rondon then came in to get Ramirez to ground out to short before giving up a ground-rule double to Alex Rios. After a wild pitch sent Rios to third, Rondon balked in a run.
The Tigers got on the board in the third. With two outs, Hunter singled to center and Sale, a lefty, pitched around Cabrera, walking him to face Prince Fielder, who came through with an RBI single to right.
Sale (6-9) pitched eight innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out 11 (Jhonny Peralta had three).
In the fifth, rookie Hernan Perez reached after shortstop Alexei Ramirez let a grounder go through his legs to open the inning. With one out, Perez stole second and got to third on a ground out. Sale then intentionally walked Cabrera and walked Fielder on four straight pitches. Martinez then hit a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single.
Dayan Viciedo provided Chicago's second hit, a leadoff solo home run to right off Scherzer. Josh Phegley followed with a single, but Alejandro De Aza struck out and Alexei Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Hunter got that run back in the seventh with a big blast to rightfield.
With one out in the eighth, Conor Gillapsie hit a solo shot to right to cut the lead to two. After recording the second out, Scherzer got a visit to the mound by Jim Leyland. The Tigers right-hander stayed in the game and got Phegley to foul out to first to end the inning.
Brayan Pena led off the ninth with a single off reliever Ramon Troncoso. Perez then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Troncoso bobbled the bal, allowing Perez to reach. Then the White Sox appeared to have Pena picked off, but Ramirez's throw to third was wild, allowing Pena to score and Pena to get to third. Austin Jackson then doubled down the leftfield line to drive in another run.
Chicago brought in ex-Tiger David Purcey, who got an out, threw a wild pitch pushing Jackson to third and then walked Fielder. Martinez then singled to center to make it a five-run game.
BY KIRKLAND CRAWFORD - DETROIT FREE PRESS