Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) hits a 3 run home run during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. (Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter all homered as the Detroit Tigers won their third straight in this four-game series in Chicago, 6-2, tonight over the White Sox.
Anibal Sanchez pitched six shutout innings, allowing six hits, just one for extra bases, and a walk while striking out five on 101 pitches.
Fielder had three hits and three RBIs. Jackson had two hits and Hunter had a pair of hits and scored twice. Rookie Hernan Perez had two singles.
Miguel Cabrera missed his second consecutive game with a sore left hip flexor.
The Tigers put a three-spot on the board in the first inning. Jackson opened things with a single to left, but was erased on Hunter's fielder's choice. Matt Tuiasosopo, hitting in the third spot for the second consecutive night, walked.
Fielder then smashed a 1-0 pitch to deep right-center for a three-run shot, his 17th of the season.
Then with two out and nobody on in the second, Jackson hit the first pitch he saw down the leftfield line for his sixth home run of the year.
After Jackson grounded out to begin the fifth inning, Hunter hit a high fly ball to left just over the wall for his ninth home run of the season.
Lefty John Danks (2-8) allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out three in 6 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Sanchez (8-7) stranded runners and first and second with two outs in the fourth inning by getting Conor Gillapsie to ground out to first. Then in the fifth, Josh Phegley singled and Alejandro De Aza (three hits) doubled with one out. But Sanchez forced an Alexei Ramirez groundout and an Alex Rios fly out to end the threat.
Bruce Rondon entered in the seventh and yielded a leadoff single to Dayan Viciedo (three hits). While striking out Phegley, Rondon threw a wild pitch, allowing the runner to reach second. De Aza then drew a walk and Ramirez then hit an RBI single to left.
Drew Smyly struck out the side, but allowed a single in the process, in the eighth. Luke Putkonen gave up a leadoff homer to Viciedo in the ninth, but got the next hitter, Phegley, to fly out. Phil Coke then came in to face a lefty, De Aza, who singled to center. The Tigers then summoned Joaquin Benoit, who got the final two outs.
Detroit added another run with a two-out rally in the sixth. Don Kelly found the hole on the left side for a single, then Perez hit a grounder in the hole at short, but Ramirez's throw was not in time. Then Alex Avila, who had just one hit off lefties in 37 at bats entering tonight, singled to right to drive in a run.
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