Rapid Reaction: Tigers 7, Sox 1

July, 21, 2012
7/21/12
5:42
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Comerica Park.

How it happened: After four innings of scoreless baseball, the White Sox and Tigers both got on the board in the fifth inning. Dayan Viciedo drove home Alex in the top half of the inning, but the Tigers countered with three runs in the bottom half. While the White Sox wouldn’t score again, the Tigers put up five runs against Sox starter Chris Sale, who went seven innings, and added two more off reliever Dylan Axelrod in the eighth. Sale allowed seven hits and struck out six. Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed just five hits in eight innings, striking out four and walking none. Austin Jackson had four RBIs for Detroit.

What it means: The White Sox fell from first place in the AL Central for the first time since June 24. They have lost four straight and six of their last eight and are now a half game behind the Tigers. The Cleveland Indians are three games behind the Tigers.

Outside the box: Prior to the game, the White Sox acquired reliever Brett Myers from the Houston Astros for a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters, and a player to be named later.

Up next: The White Sox will attempt to avoid a sweep and reclaim first place on Sunday, sending Phil Humber (4-4, 5.77) to the mound against the Tigers’ Jacob Turner (0-1, 10.29). Game time is 12:05 CT.

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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