Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 11, Tigers 4
By Chuck Pleiness Special to ESPNChicago.com
DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox ended a four-game losing streak by beating the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Tuesday night in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park.
How it happened: The Sox sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the eighth inning, scoring seven runs with nine hits to break a 1-all tie. The seven runs scored in the inning were the most by the White Sox this season. The nine hits also were a season high in an inning. In addition, the Sox strung together a season-high five hits to start the inning and hit a pair of homers. The 11 runs and 23 hits for the game also were season highs for Chicago. Alex Rios tied a franchise and AL record with six hits in the game. The last White Sox player to reach that milestone was Lance Johnson on Sept. 23, 1995. Dayan Viciedo had the first multihomer game of his career.
What it means: After seven consecutive no-decisions, Chicago starting pitcher Jose Quintana finally got a decision, a win, which was his first since May 21 against Boston. He went in leading the majors in no-decisions with 12 this season. The White Sox, who are now 5-19 over their past 24 road games this season, also ended a seven-game losing streak at Comerica Park. Dating to 2010, Chicago, which has 18 more games with the Tigers this season, is just 12-31 against Detroit.
Outside the box: A poor baserunning move happened in the top of the seventh when Alexei Ramirez lofted a foul popup between first and home plate and Alejandro De Aza made a dash for second base. Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder calmly made the catch in foul territory and backhanded a toss to Justin Verlander covering first for the inning-ending double play.
Offbeat: For a second straight night, the White Sox game was delayed at the start because of rain. Tuesday's delay of 38 minutes was nine minutes longer than the one Monday at U.S. Cellular Field against the Chicago Cubs.
Up next: Chicago will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series at Detroit. The Tigers' scheduled starter is right-hander Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) in the 6:05 p.m. CT start at Comerica Park.