Hunter helps Tigers pound White SoxSep 21, 2013 - 6:48 AM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter reached base five times and Max Scherzer earned his 20th win as the Detroit Tigers pushed their magic number in the American League Central to three with a 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Hunter went 4-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored and a walk for Detroit, which won for the eighth time in its last 10 games. Andy Dirks, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez all drove in a pair of runs, with Martinez's coming off a two-run home run in the fifth.
Scherzer (20-3) was touched for three runs on six hits over six frames in the victory, holding his lead over Washington's Jordan Zimmermann (19) for most wins in the majors.
"Not many people are able to accomplish this," said Scherzer on his 20 wins. "But at the same time, I realize why I accomplished this. It's not just me pitching well, it's because of the team effort."
Avisail Garcia went deep and tripled for the White Sox while Conor Gillaspie also smacked a three-bagger. Dylan Axelrod (4-10) was lifted after just 2 2/3 innings in which he gave up 10 hits and seven runs to absorb the loss.
"They're a good team, they're the best in our division at this point," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura about the Tigers.
Alejandro De Aza slapped a double to right to start the game and moved to third when Alexei Ramirez struck out but took first on a wild pitch. De Aza scored on Gillaspie's sac fly to center.
The Tigers wasted no time claiming the lead, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to regain control. Austin Jackson doubled, Hunter walked and after the pair moved up a base on a fly to right by Miguel Cabrera, Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dirks made Chicago pay for its decision, smacking a two-RBI single to center.
Jackson singled with one out an inning later and scored easily on Hunter's double down the left field line.
Alex Avila's third-inning single to left brought home Martinez, who singled to lead off the frame. Hunter then plated a pair with two outs and Axelrod departed with Chicago trailing 6-1.
Cabrera greeted new pitcher Ramon Troncoso with a single to left, plating Ramon Santiago for a 7-1 margin.
Garcia's fourth-inning homer gave the Sox some hope of a comeback, but Detroit put five runs across in the fifth inning to pull away.
Hunter's third hit, a single between first and second base, put two on for Cabrera with one gone. Cabrera advanced the runners for a second time, this time on a chopper to second, and Fielder delivered a two-run single to left. Martinez followed with his 13th homer of the season, and the rout was on.
Still with two outs in the fifth, Dirks singled and scored on an Omar Infante triple.
Chicago got a pair of runs back in the eighth off Jose Alvarez. Following Gillaspie's leadoff triple, Marcus Semien hit a sac fly to left. Jeff Keppinger then delivered a pinch-hit double and scored on Garcia's triple.
The Tigers have won 19 of 25 against the Sox ... Detroit belted 18 hits to Chicago's nine ... This was Hunter's fourth four-hit game of the season ... Despite the scoring outburst, Detroit hit 7-for-20 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
- CHICAGO: 5
Sep 20 10:41 PM
- Avisail Garcia triples to center to score Jeff Keppinger with one out. Runner on third and Jordan Danks due up.
White Sox 5, Tigers 12 Top 8, 1 OutSep 20 10:23 PM
- Marcus Semien sacrifice fly out to left scores Conor Gillaspie with one out. None on and Adam Dunn due up.
White Sox 4, Tigers 12 Top 8, 1 OutSep 20 10:22 PM
- Omar Infante triples to center to score Andy Dirks with two out. Runner on third and Alex Avila due up.
White Sox 3, Tigers 12 Bot 5, 2 OutsSep 20 9:32 PM
- Victor Martinez two-out, two-run Home Run (13) to left scores Prince Fielder. Andy Dirks due up.
White Sox 3, Tigers 11 Bot 5, 2 OutsSep 20 9:29 PM
- Prince Fielder singles to center to score Ramon Santiago and Torii Hunter with two out. Runner on first and Victor Martinez due up.
White Sox 3, Tigers 9 Bot 5, 2 OutsSep 20 9:28 PM
- Avisail Garcia two-out, two-run Home Run (5) to left scores Paul Konerko. Jordan Danks due up.
White Sox 3, Tigers 7 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 20 8:43 PM
- Miguel Cabrera singledsto left to score Ramon Santiago with two out. On the play, Torii Hunter advances to second. Runners on first and second and Prince Fielder due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 7 Bot 3, 2 OutsSep 20 8:27 PM
- Torii Hunter singles to right to score Andy Dirks and Alex Avila with two out. On the play, Ramon Santiago advances to third. Runners on first and Miguel Cabrera due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 6 Bot 3, 2 OutsSep 20 8:23 PM
- Alex Avila singles to left scores Victor Martinez with one out. On the play, Andy Dirks advances to second. Runners on first and second and Ramon Santiago due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 4 Bot 3, 1 OutSep 20 8:14 PM
- Torii Hunter doubled to left scored Austin Jackson. Runner on second with one out and Miguel Cabrera due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 3 Bot 2, 1 OutSep 20 7:50 PM
- Andy Dirks singles to center scores Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter with two out. On the play, Victor Martinez advances to second. Runners on first and second and Omar Infante due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 20 7:33 PM
- Conor Gillaspie sacrifice fly out to center scoring Alejandro De Aza with one out. Runner on first with one out and Paul Konerko due up.
White Sox 1, Tigers 0 Top 1, 1 OutSep 20 7:16 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 20 7:09 PM
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