- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The White Sox were no match for Tigers starter David Price, who struck out 11 batters, including seven consecutive at one point, while ending his team’s eight-game losing streak. White Sox starter John Danks opened with four scoreless innings before the Tigers caught up to him and finished with five runs allowed on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The White Sox scored their lone run on an Alexei Ramirez double in the third inning. Miguel Cabrera hit a home run for the Tigers.
What it means: Danks' rocky road this season continued. Going back to his last start at Houston, he had thrown 13 consecutive shutout innings, but that came to a crashing halt when the Tigers delivered seven hits and scored five runs off him in the fifth inning. It was the third time in his last four starts that Danks had given up at least five runs, with the Houston shutout being the outlier.
Outside the box: The White Sox and Tigers have played each other eight times this season, with each team winning four. The White Sox are trying to win the season series for the first time since 2010. They have gone 39-61 since, including a 22-29 mark at U.S. Cellular Field in that time.
Off beat: American Pharoah secured horse racing’s Triple Crown less than an hour before first pitch, but the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard operator was ready. With Cabrera at the plate the scoreboard showed a photo of the Tigers slugger with the words: “Won the A.L. Triple Crown in 2012 ... American Pharoah won racing’s Triple Crown today.” With the words still on the board, Cabrera hit his home run to center field.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.