Porcello goes nine, Tigers whip White SoxSep 11, 2013 - 7:01 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder and Alex Avila both collected four hits and drove in a pair of runs, as Detroit downed Chicago, 9-1, in the middle test of a three-game series.
Fielder ended 4-for-5 with a solo homer, while Avila was 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Tigers, who put the brakes on a three-game skid and rebounded from a loss in Monday's opener.
Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson both contributed two hits, an RBI and a run scored as Detroit maintained its healthy lead atop the AL Central.
Rick Porcello (12-8) went the distance for the first time in his career, giving up one run on seven hits with five strikeouts.
"He had some innings where he got some quick outs and I think that saved him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Porcello.
Conor Gillaspie totaled two hits and drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who had won two in a row.
Erik Johnson (0-2) was pulled after 3 2/3 frames, having allowed seven hits and six runs, though only two were earned -- with four strikeouts and three walks.
"I had some tough breaks out there, but I thought I attacked the zone as best that I could," Johnson said.
Detroit picked up two runs in the first. Andy Dirks singled with one out then advanced on a passed ball before scoring on a Gillaspie throwing error on a Miguel Cabrera grounder. Fielder singled to put runners on the corners and a Martinez fly to left made it 2-0.
The lead was stretched to 5-0 in the third. Fielder belted a two-out solo shot, Martinez singled, Don Kelly walked and Omar Infante reached on a Paul Konerko error ahead of a two-run single by Avila.
Jackson doubled to start the fourth and scored on a two-out hit from Fielder, then after a wild pitch and walk to Martinez, Johnson was finally lifted from the contest down 6-0.
Chicago answered in the home fourth, as three straight singles, the last from Gillaspie, plated Konerko, whose one-out hit started the sequence.
The Tigers roared back in the fifth, when Avila doubled, moved to third on a Jose Iglesias grounder and scored on a Gillaspie error.
It was 9-1 in the ninth as an Iglesias base hit with runners on first and second sent one run home and Jackson followed with a base hit to score Avila.
Detroit has won nine of 15 from Chicago this season, and five of nine on the south side of America's third-largest city ... Porcello's longest previous outing this season was an eight-inning scoreless foray in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh on May 28, during which he fanned a season-high 11 batters ...Detroit announced on Tuesday that shortstop Jhonny Peralta, currently serving the latter portion of his 50-game suspension for a violation of MLB's drug policy, will join the club on Wednesday ... Prior to the game, the Tigers recalled pitcher Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo.
- DETROIT: 9
Sep 10 11:03 PM
- Austin Jackson singled to right scoring Alex Avila. On the play, Jose Iglesias advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Andy Dirks due up.
Tigers 9, White Sox 1 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 10 10:57 PM
- Jose Iglesias singled to center scoring Hernan Perez. On the play, Alex Avila advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Austin Jackson due up.
Tigers 8, White Sox 1 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 10 10:54 PM
- Austin Jackson reached first on Conor Gillaspie's throwing error scoring Alex Avila. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Andy Dirks due up.
Tigers 7, White Sox 1 Top 5, 2 OutsSep 10 10:02 PM
- Conor Gillaspie singled to right scoring Paul Konerko. On the play, Avisail Garcia advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Dayan Viciedo due up.
Tigers 6, White Sox 1 Bot 4, 1 OutSep 10 9:44 PM
- Prince Fielder singled to center scoring Austin Jackson. Runner on first with two outs and Victor Martinez due up.
Tigers 6, White Sox 0 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 10 9:30 PM
- Alex Avila singled to center scoring Victor Martinez and Don Kelly. On the play, Omar Infante advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jose Iglesias due up.
Tigers 5, White Sox 0 Top 3, 2 OutsSep 10 9:08 PM
- Prince Fielder two-out, solo Home Run (23) to right. Victor Martinez due up.
Tigers 3, White Sox 0 Top 3, 2 OutsSep 10 8:57 PM
- Victor Martinez sacrifice fly out to left scored Miguel Cabrera. Runner on first with two outs and Don Kelly due up.
Tigers 2, White Sox 0 Top 1, 2 OutsSep 10 8:24 PM
- Miguel Cabrera reached first on Conor Gillaspie's throwing error scoring Andy Dirks. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to second. Runner on second with one out and Prince Fielder due up.
Tigers 1, White Sox 0 Top 1, 1 OutSep 10 8:22 PM
- DETROIT: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 10 8:11 PM
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