Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) and designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) congratulate each other after both scoring in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Prince Fielder had three hits, including a home run, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-5, tonight at Comerica Park.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers collected 15 hits. The first five hitters in the Tigers' lineup went 13-for-23 with six RBIs and six runs scored.
Rick Porcello (6-6) went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, no walks, and six strikeouts on 93 pitches.
The Tigers took command of the game and knocked out White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod in the process. With one out in the sixth, Ramon Santiago drew a walk on a full-count pitch. With two away, Torii Hunter hit a grounder wide of third that Conor Gillaspie made a play on but couldn't make the throw for an infield single.
Axelrod, over 100 pitches, was pulled in favor of righty Ramon Troncoso. That didn't faze Cabrera, who hit an RBI single to right, Fielder, who poked and RBI single to left, or Martinez, whose RBI single to left scored Cabrera and made it a five-run game.
Joaquin Benoit walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth, Dayan Viciedo, but he got Gordon Beckham to fly out and struck out pinch hitter Blake Tekotte. After walking Alejandro De Aza before Alexei Ramirez, representing the tying run, grounded out to third to end the game. Benoit is now 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season.
Bruce Rondon relieved Porcello in the seventh and yielded a one-out solo home run. With two outs, Rondon walked Alejandro De Aza and then gave up an RBI double to Alexei Ramirez before getting the final out of the inning.
Drew Smyly pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Detroit took a four-run lead in the third. With one out, Fielder and Martinez singled and Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Then with two outs, Alex Avila hit a sinking liner that died in front of a diving Alex Rios for a two-run single.
The White Sox answered with a pair of runs in the fourth. Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie hit one-out singles. Viciedo then singled home Keppingers and pushed Gillaspie to third. Beckham then hit a sac fly to right to score another run.
The Tigers got on the board in the first inning, which saw Hunter reach on a one-out single. Then with two away, Fielder hammered a 1-0 pitch into the tunnel past the rightfield wall for his 16th homer of the season.
Chicago got one of those runs back in the second when, with two outs, Gillaspie crushed a pitch deep to right for a solo home run. But the Tigers reclaimed a two-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the inning on Austin Jackson's RBI triple into the left-center gap, scoring Santiago, who singled.
Axelrod (3-6) gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.
BY KIRKLAND CRAWFORD/DFP