CHICAGO (AP) — Niko Goodrum lined a two-run homer in Detroit’s five-run sixth inning, Matthew Boyd struck out 13 to tie a career high and the Tigers topped the Chicago White Sox 11-5 on Thursday.
Miguel Cabrera added a 454-foot solo shot and doubled, and Jeimer Candelario also homered. John Hicks and Nicholas Castellanos each had two RBIs as Detroit rebounded after being swept in doubleheader on Wednesday to win for just the second time in its last 13 games.
White Sox rookie Eloy Jiménez hit a 436-foot two-run homer to center and had three RBIs. José Rondón also had a two-run drive, but the Chicago’s winning streak ended at three games and the White Sox failed to climb back to .500.
A woman in the first row just beyond the White Sox dugout on the third base side was struck by a foul liner off the bat of Detroit’s Victor Reyes in the eighth inning. She was treated by stadium personnel at her seat, and a team spokesman said she wasn’t seriously injured.
Last month, the White Sox announced they would become the first team in the majors to extend protective netting beyond the dugout to the foul poles before the end of the season.
Boyd (6-6) yielded four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, and all but three of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. He struck out the side in the first and fourth innings, did not walk a batter and won for the first time since May 28.
Chicago’s Reynoldo Lopez (4-8) retired the first nine Detroit batters, but allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned) before Goodrum’s shot to right chased him with one out in the sixth.
Detroit jumped ahead 1-0 in the fourth on Castellanos’ RBI single. Rondón homered to right in the bottom of the inning put Chicago ahead 2-1.
The Tigers regained the lead when Hicks drove in two runs with a single to center.
Detroit broke it open with five runs in the sixth. After Cabrera, Christin Stewart and Harold Castro each doubled, Goodrum lined his seventh homer to right. He had three hits on the day.
After Jiménez cut it to 8-4 in the bottom half of the sixth, Cabrera homered to center in the seventh.
Candelario’s drive in the ninth completed the scoring.