- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox rolled to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the first game of Saturday’s day/night doubleheader.
How it happened: Chris Sale recovered nicely after giving up two home runs in the first inning to strike out a season high 13. The White Sox’s offense was there to pick up its starter scoring six runs against Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who gave up nine hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11. Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers hit home runs off the right-hander. Jose Abreu had three hits for the second consecutive game and third time in his last four games.
What it means: Just when it looked like the strains of a long season were getting to Sale, he kicked it into high gear with his 13 strikeouts. Sale’s ERA rose slightly to 2.11 after giving up three runs over seven innings, but he still leads the American League. The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez is next in the ERA race at 2.23. Sale tied Ed Walsh’s White Sox record with his 17th double-digit strikeout game. Walsh set his mark in his 288th start, while Sale was in his 81st.
Outside the box: It’s just another blistering hot run at the plate for Abreu, who is on a 10-game hitting streak. Over those 10 games, Abreu is batting .528 (19-for-36). He was in the lineup for the first game of the doubleheader as the designated hitter after he appeared to experience leg discomfort Friday night. Manager Robin Ventura only would only say Abreu is “just tired” from the long season. Abreu's season batting average is up to .320.
Off beat: Adam Eaton found himself a little turned around in the third inning when he tried to steal third base. Eaton was off on the pitch and about to dive into third when Alexei Ramirez crushed a pitch into the outfield. Eaton got up, took one step toward home plate, started to go back to second and then saw the ball bounce into the stands for a ground-rule double allowing him to turn around and score easily.
Up next: In a ball of first-time major league starters, the White Sox will send right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.