How it happened: John Danks couldn’t avoid the long ball, as he gave up three home runs in the first five innings to put the White Sox in a hole from which they would never recover. The White Sox’s offense got nowhere against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, collecting six hits in six innings but no runs. The White Sox finally got on the board in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez. Dayan Viciedo hit a home run in the ninth inning.
What it means: The White Sox figure to be much better off once the non-waiver deadline passes, even if they move a handful of established veterans. This lackluster team looks distracted at best after coming off a solid series against the Atlanta Braves. Alejandro De Aza has been able to put the distractions behind him, though; he had two more hits Wednesday to give him 21 hits in his last 12 games.
Outside the box: The loss dropped the White Sox to a season-high 20 games under .500 at 39-59. The last time they were at the 20-under mark was Sept. 26, 2007, when they were 69-89.
Offbeat: Just because it was the ninth inning and the Tigers were in complete control, that didn’t mean the managers would be content to watch the proceedings. White Sox manager Robin Ventura used two pitchers (Ramon Troncoso and Donnie Veal) in the final inning. Tigers manager Jim Leyland did him one better, employing Luke Putkonen, Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit in the ninth.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Jake Peavy (7-4, 4.19 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start at U.S. Cellular Field.