Tigers Beat Sox 8-6, Tough Start for Leesman

DETROIT — White Sox left-hander Charlie Leesman didn’t occupy Chris Sale’s spot for very long Tuesday night in an 8-6 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

After being called up to replace the injured Sale on Tuesday, Leesman lasted just 22/3 innings and left with a 6-1 deficit. He allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out none before right-hander Zach Putnam replaced him.

The Sox rallied for three runs in the ninth, but the deficit was too big.

“It was short,” manager Robin Ventura said of Leesman’s outing. “You would like him to go a little bit further, but they were hitting him around pretty good. He was up in the zone, and they were swinging it. … You have to have guys be able to fill in, and tonight just wasn’t the night.”

Ventura said he doesn’t know if Leesman will make another start in place of Sale, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor muscle strain.

Jose Abreu gave Leesman an early lead with his sixth home run, a solo shot to center off Justin Verlander in the first.

Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back doubles to tie it in the first. Leesman gave up hits to the first five batters he faced in the third, including Kinsler’s two-run double and Cabrera’s two-run homer.

The Tigers added two in the fifth off Putnam and Scott Downs for an 8-1 lead. Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Alejandro De Aza had a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the eighth to cut the lead to 8-3.

Marcus Semien doubled off Tigers reliever Phil Coke with two out in the ninth. Paul Konerko hit an RBI single, his first hit since his first game, and Adam Dunn followed with a two-run homer.

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