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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 6, White Sox 5 (10)

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- Two outs away from avoiding a second consecutive sweep to the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t hold on in a 6-5 defeat in 10 innings.

How it happened: Light-throwing White Sox rookie Dylan Axelrod gave up two runs over six innings with a fastball that barely touched 90 mph. Hard throwers Chris Sale and Sergio Santos combined to give up three runs in the ninth inning alone. Those runs, on home runs from Ryan Raburn and Alex Avila, sent the game into extra innings where Carlos Guillen put the Tigers up for good with an RBI single in the 10th. The Tigers' magic number is two, and the White Sox's number to be eliminated from contention is one.

What it means: If the Tigers go on to win the World Series, they can thank the White Sox for getting them red hot. The Tigers have defeated the White Sox six times during their 12-game winning streak, including sweeps at Detroit and at U.S. Cellular Field. Just how bad has it been? Before Wednesday’s defeat, the White Sox had been outscored by the Tigers 42-6 over the last 31 innings.

Outside the box: The Tigers won the season series between the teams 13-5. The White Sox were just 3-6 at U.S. Cellular Field and 2-7 at Comerica Park.

Up next: White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.58 ERA) will take the mound Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Kansas City. The Royals will counter with left-hander Jeff Francis (5-16, 4.09) in the 7:10 p.m. start from Kauffman Stadium.