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Fifth inning rally lifts Tigers over White Sox


Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373

CHICAGO, IL (1660 THE FAN) – Trailing the White Sox by three games in the AL Central, the Tigers used a strong outing from Doug Fister and a three-run fifth frame to take Game 2 in Chicago, 5-3.

Fister struck out six, allowing two runs on two hits in seven innings of work, retiring the last 14 batters he faced. Fister’s record improves to 9-8, picking up his first win over the White Sox this season. He has posted a 7-2 record since the All-Star break.

His counterpart, Jake Peavy lasted 5.2 innings giving up three runs on six hits, walking two and fanning nine.

The only runs allowed by Detroit’s starter came on solo homeruns. Dewayne Wise struck first in the opening frame, cranking a two-out fastball to right field. Gordon Beckham added a solo shot in the third.

The Tigers staged a fifth inning rally, scoring three unanswered runs in the frame. Omar Infante shot a one-out single to left, setting the table for Austin Jackson. Jackson tied the game on the second pitch of his at-bat, lifting a 1-0 fastball into the seats. Miguel Cabrera followed an Andy Dirks strikeout with a solo shot to give Detroit the lead for good.

Alex Avila and Andy Dirks added insurance runs in the eighth inning, both on singles. 

Joaquin Benoit made things interesting in the eighth, allowing three consecutive White Sox hits, including an RBI single to Alejandro De Aza, cutting into the Tigers’ lead. Benoit retired the final three batters in the frame before giving way to Jose Valverde.

Valverde recorded his 29th save of the season after giving up a hit to start the ninth inning. 

Detroit is now two games behind the White Sox in the AL Central with two head-to-head games left in Chicago. Max Scherzer will start Game 3 Wednesday facing Gavin Floyd.

First pitch is set for 8:10 on AM 590 WKZO.