CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-4 victory Thursday over the Detroit Tigers.
How it happened: Lethargic in three consecutive defeats to the Tigers, the White Sox came alive against former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. The right-hander, who hasn’t been pitching to his standards all season, gave up seven runs and 11 hits over six innings. Tyler Flowers had two hits against Verlander, including his ninth home run. Jake Peavy, who could be traded by the end of the month, gave up four runs on four hits over seven-plus innings. Addison Reed recorded his 26th save.
What it means: Allowed to start the eighth inning, Peavy game up a home run to Brayan Pena, costing him his quality start. Despite giving up three home runs in the outing, Peavy still managed to show that he is feeling good in his second start back from the disabled list because of a broken rib. Even if Peavy is dealt by Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, he could still make one more start in a White Sox uniform, Tuesday at Cleveland.
Outside the box: The White Sox defeated Verlander in consecutive starts for the first time since the 2008 season when they beat him three starts in a row. Combined with a July 9 matchup against Verlander, the White Sox have scored 12 runs, and ammassed 23 hits over 13 innings against the right-hander. The White Sox are now 3-12 in the last 15 games Verlander has pitched against them after going 11-3 the first 14 times they faced him
Off beat: Adam Dunn’s inability to come up with a low throw by Alexei Ramirez in the eighth inning gave the White Sox their 70th error of the season, matching their entire total from last season when they led the league in fielding percentage. They entered play Thursday with a .981 fielding percentage, better than just two American League teams in the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. Last year they had a .988 fielding percentage. The White Sox ended last season with 1,300 more total chances last year than they have this year.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (5-2, 3.61 ERA) to the mound Friday against Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series. The Royals will counter with right-hander James Shields (4-7, 3.24) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.