White Sox rip Tigers to start second halfJul 16, 2011 - 4:41 AM
Gavin Floyd (7-9) tossed 7 2/3 strong innings for Chicago, which limped into the All-Star break losing five of six and posting a sub-.500 record in the first half for the first time since 2007.
Floyd, who had lost his last four decisions, allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and struck out five.
Justin Verlander (12-5), who posted an 8-1 mark through his last nine starts while pitching to a minuscule 0.75 earned run average heading into the break, did not start the second half on a good note. He was roughed up for four earned runs on seven hits over six innings.
"We're not worried about what happened today," Verlander said. "I didn't have the best stuff."
Miguel Cabrera left the All-Star Game with mild soreness in his right side but appeared to be fine as he reached 1,500-hit milestone on Friday. He got there with a 2-for-3 performance, including a two-run homer, for Detroit, which won four of five heading into the break.
"It's an amazing milestone especially at his age," Verlander said of 28-year- old Cabrera. "It's something real special."
Verlander was cruising until the third, when he had one of his worst innings this season. Beckham broke up Verlander's perfect game in the third with a one-out bloop single into left. He reached third on Mark Teahen's broken-bat grounder up the middle and Juan Pierre laid down a bunt base hit to send Beckham racing home for the game's first run.
An out later, Paul Konerko walked to load the bases and Dunn drilled a ground ball through the right side to bring in two runs. Quentin then added a run with a single to give the ChiSox a 4-0 lead.
"Tonight was huge, coming off a four-day break and facing the best pitcher in baseball, and beating the best pitcher in baseball," Dunn said. "That's a pretty good way to start the second half."
The four earned runs equaled what Verlander had given up in his previous seven starts combined.
Meanwhile, Cabrera made his 1,499 career hit a two-run homer in the fourth to halve the Tigers' deficit.
However, the White Sox worked the bases loaded again in the fifth and scored a run on Quentin's fielder's choice to make it a 5-2 game.
Verlander was taken out before the start of the seventh and the Detroit bullpen didn't make things any better. Lester Oliveros entered and surrendered a one-out single to Konerko and a Dunn walk to set the table for Quentin's RBI single. After Alex Rios flied out, David Purcey came in for the Tigers and walked the bases loaded before giving up Beckham's two-run single to make up the final score.
Detroit had the bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings, but was unable to convert the opportunities into runs.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was scratched from the lineup before the game. He missed the last three games heading into the break due to a sore left wrist...With Friday's start and after Verlander started Detroit's last game on Sunday at Kansas City, he became the first Tigers pitcher to start consecutive team games for the club since Mickey Lolich did so September 26, 1967 at New York and September 30, 1967 versus California. Detroit won both of Lolich's starts in 1967...Cabrera became just the 12th player born in Venezuela to collect 1,500 hits at the major league level...Chicago is just 2-11 in the last 13 games against Detroit and snapped a six-game losing streak at Comerica Park.
- CHICAGO: 8
Jul 15 10:12 PM
- Gordon Beckham singled to center scoring Adam Dunn and Carlos Quentin. On the play, A.J. Pierzynski advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Mark Teahen due up.
White Sox 8, Tigers 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJul 15 9:18 PM
- Alex Rios flied out to right. Runners on first and second and with two outs and A.J. Pierzynski due up.
White Sox 6, Tigers 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJul 15 9:10 PM
- Carlos Quentin's fielder's choice from second to short scored Juan Pierre. Paul Konerko out at second. Alexei Ramirez advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Alex Rios due up.
White Sox 5, Tigers 2 Top 5, 2 OutsJul 15 8:33 PM
- Miguel Cabrera none-out, two-run Home Run (19) to left scored Magglio Ordonez. Victor Martinez is due up.
White Sox 4, Tigers 2 Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 15 8:12 PM
- Carlos Quentin singled to right scoring Paul Konerko. On the play, Adam Dunn advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Alex Rios due up.
White Sox 4, Tigers 0 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 15 7:53 PM
- Adam Dunn singled to right scoring Mark Teahen and Juan Pierre. On the play, Paul Konerko advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Carlos Quentin due up.
White Sox 3, Tigers 0 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 15 7:50 PM
- Juan Pierre's bunt single to first scored Gordon Beckham. On the play, Mark Teahen advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Alexei Ramirez due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 0 Top 3, 1 OutJul 15 7:43 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 15 7:06 PM
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