CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Cabrera tied a season high with four hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh, to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the struggling Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Cabrera’s two-run single against Nate Jones put Detroit back on top after the Tigers blew a three-run lead in the fifth and sent Chicago to its eighth loss in nine games.
Ian Kinsler scored three runs, and Kyle Ryan (4-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief after a rare shaky start by Michael Fulmer.
Chicago’s Justin Morneau hit his first home run in more than 14 months. Jose Abreu had three hits and drove in two runs. But Jacob Turner got knocked out in the fourth inning, Carson Fulmer (0-1) struggled in relief and the White Sox fell to 23-40 since a 23-10 start.
Carson Fulmer came on with a 5-4 lead in the seventh and quickly ran into trouble. He threw 30 pitches — 12 for strikes — in his third major league appearance.
The Tigers loaded the bases with none out before Jose Iglesias drove in Justin Upton with a fielder’s choice grounder. After Cameron Maybin walked with one out to load the bases again, Cabrera greeted Jones with a two-run single up the middle. That gave the slugger 1,501 RBIs and put Detroit back on top.
The White Sox looked like they might pull this one out when they scored four in the fifth to go up 5-4.
Morneau capped that rally with his three-run drive off Michael Fulmer.
The home run was the first for the four-time All-Star and former AL MVP since he hit one for Colorado against Arizona on May 6, 2015. It came in his seventh game and 17th at-bat for the White Sox, who signed Morneau on June 9 and placed him on the disabled list so he could continue to recover from offseason elbow surgery.
Michael Fulmer gave up five runs — four earned — and six hits in five innings after posting an 0.83 ERA in his previous 10 starts.
Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Turner threw 101 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out six after getting roughed up in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels.
White Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie was feeling worse and unavailable after leaving Thursday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring, manager Robin Ventura said. The White Sox were awaiting the results of Friday’s MRI and were not sure how much time he will miss.