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American League - Tigers 6, White Sox 2

10:40 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27)
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CHICAGO (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Rick Porcello blanked the White Sox, who had all kinds of holes in their defense, for seven innings as the Detroit Tigers won, 6-2, tonight in Chicago.

Jhonny Peralta had two hits, including a home run, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Tigers. Rookie Hernan Perez was 2-for-3 with a run-scoring triple and two RBIs.

Miguel Cabrera, who left Monday's game early with a sore left hip flexor, sat out tonight.

But Porcello (7-6) ensured that just only a little offense was needed, recording 10 outs via groundballs and giving up just four hits, only one out of the infield, and three walks while getting one strikeout on 93 pitches.

Detroit's first legitimate scoring chance came in the fourth, where Matt Tuiasosopo, hitting in the third spot for Cabrera, reached on an error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. With one out, Victor Martinez laced a double down the leftfield line, pushing the runner to third. Then Peralta hit a grounder through the hole on the left side for an RBI single. Alex Avila then walked to load the bases and walked Don Kelly to force in a run.

Perez added to the lead with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Peralta.

In the sixth, the Tigers added three more. With one out, Peralta hit a long, solo home run to left, his ninth of the season. Avila followed with a walk. Then with two outs, Perez blasted a pitch all the way to the wall in left-center, scoring Avila. Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball while trying to get it back in the infield, allowing Perez to score on Chicago's fourth error of the ninth.

Al Alburquerque pitched a 1-2-3 eighth that included a strikeout. He walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth, Alex Rios, and the next hitter, Adam Dunn. The Tigers then brought in Joaquin Benoit, who gave up a two-run double to Paul Konerko. Benoit then got the next three outs to end the game.

Porcello worked into some trouble in the first inning when, with two outs, Rios reached on an infield single. Dunn and Konerko both walked, loading the bases, but Jeff Keppinger grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice at third.

The first two White Sox reached base in the fifth on Gillaspie's infield single to second and a walk to Dayan Viciedo. But Porcello forced Josh Phegley to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and got Alejandro De Aza to ground out to first.

Chicago starter Hector Santiago (3-6) went six innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks while striking out six.

With one out and Torii Hunter on first, Tuiasosopo struck out swinging as Hunter went on the pitch. The White Sox had Hunter caught in a rundown and chased him back to first. Hunter tried to juke Dunn at first base and umpire Gary Darling ruled Hunter was interfered, sending the runner to second. Chicago manager Robin Ventura came out to argue and was eventually ejected.

BY KIRKLAND CRAWFORD/DFP


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