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Rapid Reaction: Tigers 9, White Sox 8

DETROIT -- Two home runs in the ninth inning finished off the Chicago White Sox in a 9-8 defeat to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

How it happened: The Tigers finished off the White Sox’s slim playoff hopes in dramatic fashion with a two-run home run from Ryan Raburn to tie it and a walk-off home run from Miguel Cabrera to end it. The three runs Sergio Santos game up in the ninth inning were the first runs he allowed on the road this season in 26 games. Not even a 36-minute rain delay could slow the Tigers from a comeback after they trailed 8-1.

What it means: The White Sox might have four games remaining with the Tigers, but their 7 ½-game deficit is probably too much to overcome. The White Sox had this one in their grasp after early defensive miscues by the Tigers, but the usually trustworthy bullpen fell apart. Will Ohman, Chris Sale and Santos all gave up runs in the Tigers’ rally.

Outside the box: The White Sox fell to 2-3 to start their string of 28 consecutive games against American League Central opponents.

What's next: White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.05 ERA) will take the mound in the finale of the three-game series. He will be opposed by Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer (13-8, 4.52) in the 7:09 p.m. start from Comerica Park that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.