White Sox rout Tigers, Soria struggles in home debut

DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - First came the blunders, then the back-to-back home runs off Joakim Soria.

The Detroit Tigers allowed the Chicago White Sox to snap a 2-2 tie and score seven runs in the seventh inning on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The Tigers made four miscues in the field, and were scored for three errors, in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox.

Two miscues by the Tigers early in the seventh helped the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera, playing third base because Nick Castellanos was scratched late with a contusion on his right index finger, couldn't handle a ground ball by Gordon Beckham, which gave the White Sox runners on first and second with none out.

With one out, Tyler Flowers singled to left, but Rajai Davis couldn't field the ball cleanly and that allowed a run to score, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Soria, in his first appearance as a Tiger at Comerica Park since being acquired in a trade with the Rangers for Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson, allowed hits to the first four batters he faced: a single to Adam Eaton, a bases-clearing double to Alexei Ramirez and back-to-back home runs to Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn.

Soria had not given up a home run this season before giving up a two-run home run on a 3-1 count to Abreu. After Abreu homered to left for his 31st home run of the season, Dunn homered to right for his 16th of the season.

Abreu added a two-run double in the eighth inning off Ian Krol to give the White Sox an 11-2 lead in the eighth inning.

The Tigers added two in the eighth inning. J.D Martinez grounded in to a double play, scoring Cabrera and Bryan Holaday added an RBI single.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Torii Hunter led off with a single and came home on a triple to right by J.D. Martinez. Holaday followed with a sacrifice fly to left, allowing Martinez to score.

The White Sox tied the game in the fourth inning. Abreu led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. After Dunn struck out looking, Dayan Viciedo reached on an infield single.

Abreu matched his 18-game hitting streak from June 15 to July 4. After having the streak end on July 5, he began his current 18-game hitting streak the next day.

Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who had already made a throwing error in the second inning, made a diving stop, then throw off-balance to second base. The throw was off-target and both runners were safe. Conor Gillaspie followed with an RBI single and the White Sox tied the game 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Gordon Beckham.

Suarez came out of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with lower back tightness. Andrew Romine pinch-hit for Suarez.

Suarez became the second infielder to be listed as day-to-day on Tuesday by the Tigers, after Castellanos was scratched just before the game started. Victor Martinez, originally listed as the DH, moved to first base. Torii Hunter, originally slated to play right, was used as the DH. J.D. Martinez started in rightfield, after not being included on the original starting lineup.

Contact George Sipple: gsipple@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @georgesipple.


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