Samardzija, Johnson lead White Sox to doubleheader sweep of Tigers
DETROIT — Erik Johnson followed a one-hitter by Jeff Smardzija with six solid innings Monday night, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers for a doubleheader sweep.
Samardzija allowed only a leadoff single to Victor Martinez in the fifth inning as the White Sox won the opener 2-0.
Gordon Beckham homered, Jose Abreu had an RBI double and Avisail Garcia a sacrifice fly in the night cap of the split-doubleheader. All the runs came off Detroit’s Randy Wolf (0-4).
Trayce Thompson led off the second inning with a triple for the White Sox and scored on Garcia’s fly before Beckham hit his fifth homer of the season, into the right-field seats. Tyler Saladino tripled in the third and came home on Jose Abreu’s RBI single.
Johnson (3-0) allowed a long ball to Alex Avila and a sacrifice fly to Ian kinsler. The Tigers loaded the bases in the fourth but Johnson worked out of the jam unscathed, holding the 3-2 lead.
Making his fourth start this season after spending most of it at Triple-A Charlotte, Johnson matched a career best with nine strikeouts. He allowed five hits and two walks.