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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 5, White Sox 2

By Chris Silva



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 5-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: It was all downhill for Sox starter Chris Sale after his 10-pitch first inning. The first-year starter took the loss after allowing five hits and three runs in five innings. Sale struggled with his control, throwing another 92 pitches (including two wild pitches) after that quick first inning. It didn’t help that the Sox’s bats were silent for most of the afternoon. Sale allowed a home run to catcher Gerald Laird in the third and another run off his second wild pitch in the fifth. The Sox bullpen didn’t fare much better, save for Zach Stewart's scoreless inning of relief. Dayan Viciedo got the Sox on the scoreboard with his second home run of the season in the eighth. The next two Sox batters got on base before third baseman Brent Morel struck out to end the threat. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski drove in the Sox's other run in the ninth.

What it means: The White Sox saw their winning streak end at four games, leaving them a victory shy of tying last season’s longest win streak. The Sox failed to sweep their first home series since July 2010.

Outside the box: Players and managers from both teams wore No. 42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, and the White Sox wore red throwback uniforms in tribute to the Sox’s 1972 team.

Up next: Philip Humber (0-0) makes his season debut against Baltimore Orioles righty Jake Arrieta (1-0) in the first game of a four-game series at 7:10 p.m. CT Monday.