Rapid Reaction: Tigers 4, Sox 2

July, 20, 2012
7/20/12
9:10
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


Here’s a quick look at the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Friday.

How it happened: White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy had one tough inning and that was the difference against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. With two outs in the third inning, Peavy hit Quintin Berry with a pitch, and the Tigers’ next three hitters made Peavy pay. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young each followed with a RBI hit to put the Tigers up 3-2. Peavy retired the next 11 hitters. Verlander also only struggled in one inning. Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run home run to right field in the third inning. Verlander gave up four hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six in eight innings. Peavy allowed eight hits, four runs, no walks and struck out seven in seven innings.

What it means: The Tigers are now within a half a game of the White Sox in the American League Central. The White Sox have dropped four out of their last five games, and the Tigers have won five of their last six.

Outside the box: The White Sox used to dominate Verlander. They were once 12-2 in games he started. In the last 12 games, they’ve gone 1-11.

Play of the game: Tigers right fielder Brennan Boesch made a diving grab to rob A.J. Pierzynski of a hit in the seventh inning.

Up next: Chris Sale (11-2, 2.11) will start for the White Sox on Saturday, and the Tigers will counter with Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.66).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208