CHICAGO (DETROIT FREE PRESS) Justin Verlander said he's done tinkering, he just needs to execute better.
Verlander allowed eight hits, four walks and seven earned runs in 52⁄3innings Wednesday night. The Tigers lost, 8-2, to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Verlander has given up at least five earned runs in five of his past six starts. Verlander (6-6) has allowed 31 earned runs and 49 hits in his past 372⁄3 innings.
"The stuff was there," Verlander said. "Just execute a little bit better and repeat ... it's not tinkering anymore.
"My fastball velocity, I'm not seeing 100, but it's sitting as high as it ever has."
Verlander had escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning, but couldn't in the sixth with the game 1-1.
Verlander surrendered consecutive singles to Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez to load the bases with none out. Abreu scored when Dayan Viciedo grounded into a double play. Dunn scored on Alejandro De Aza's single to rightfield for a 3-1 lead.
Verlander then gave up back-to-back walks to Adrian Nieto and Adam Eaton, loading the bases again.
Manager Brad Ausmus had gone to the mound after the walk to Nieto, but not to take Verlander out.
"No, my intent was that as long as he felt OK, I wanted him to stay in actually," Ausmus said. "Before I even got to the mound he said he was fine. So, that's why it was a brief visit."
Verlander then walked Eaton, and Gordon Beckham singled to center to drive in two runs, ending Verlander's night.
Ian Krol entered and gave up a two-run double to Conor Gillaspie. After intentionally walking Abreu, Krol gave up an RBI single to Dunn, making it 8-1.
"Turned it into a big inning myself when it shouldn't have been," Verlander said of the sixth. "Those big innings, need to limit those walks. I start trying to go a little harder, and I end up losing control a little bit."
Verlander said other than Abreu's home run in the second, which gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead, there were balls the White Sox hit hard off him.
The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the third without a hit, but Verlander escaped without surrendering a run. Verlander hit De Aza with a pitch, then walked Nieto, the No. 9 hitter. After Eaton grounded to first, Verlander walked Beckham, loading the bases. Gillaspie popped to short, and Abreu struck out swinging.
The Tigers had six hits and two runs off left-hander John Danks over seven innings.
Rajai Davis hit an RBI double to score Eugenio Suarez in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 8-2.
The Tigers had tied it at 1 in the fourth. Miguel Cabrera led off with a double, took third when Victor Martinez flied to right and scored on a groundout to second by Torii Hunter.
The Tigers stranded runners at second in the third in the fifth inning with the game 1-1. Nick Castellanos led off with a double, and Alex Avila was hit by a pitch. They advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Suarez. Davis popped to first, and Ian Kinsler lined to left.
"You want to at least get the guy in from third with less than two outs," Ausmus said. "Pop-up obviously kills that. You still have a chance.
"We didn't hit. We didn't pitch. That usually adds up to a loss."