The Tigers used a three-run sixth inning to fuel a 6-4 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and foil the Sox’s attempt at a series sweep.
The Sox tried to rally off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit in the ninth, advancing runners to second and third with one out, but Jordan Danks struck out and Alejandro De Aza grounded out to end it.
The Sox scored three runs off four hits in the first inning to take an early lead. Alejandro De Aza, whose RBI single in the 11th inning won Tuesday’s game, led off with another base hit off Tigers starter Rick Porcello. Alexei Ramirez followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
After Adam Dunn walked, Avisail Garcia and Conor Gillaspie each had RBI singles that sandwiched a Jeff Keppinger sacrifice fly to put the Sox ahead 3-0.
But the Tigers came back when Miguel Cabrera sent his 38th home run of the season 362 feet into left field to tie the game at 3-3 in the third inning. His three-run shot drove in Austin Jackson and Bryan Holaday, who singled to start the inning.
Sox starter John Danks gave up three straight singles in the sixth inning, including Omar Infante’s RBI that slid by Ramirez. Two more Tigers runs crossed the plate when Jackson reached on a throwing error from third baseman Conor Gillaspie to first baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Ramirez hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to cut the Tigers’ lead to 6-4 with two runners on base and one out, but Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit struck out Dunn and Garcia to end the inning.
Porcello went six innings, giving up 11 hits and three earned runs, walking one and striking out four. Danks allowed nine hits and four earned runs, struck out three and walked one in 7 1/3 innings.
After enduring a 10-game losing streak, the Sox entered Wednesday having won six of nine games on this homestand, including a three-game sweep of the Yankees and the first two games against the Tigers.
“Guys are continuing to play,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “(The Tigers) are probably a little banged up. You can see (Miguel) Cabrera is not 100 percent. It’s one of those you just continue to play hard, get some hits, and it looks a lot better.”
First baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko rested Wednesday in what Ventura joked was “a little spa day.” Keppinger was at first base, and Adam Dunn remained the designated hitter.
Left fielder Dayan Viciedo sat out with a sore left thumb, the seventh outing he’s missed in nine games. Ventura said he can hit and is getting closer to be able to catch in the field.
“Right now he’s still tentative and would compensate to be able to go out there and play,” Ventura said.