Chicago, IL (WKZO) – The last time Max Scherzer and Chris Sale pitched they combined for three scoreless innings and three strikeouts as the American League beat the National League 3-0 in the All-Star game. Six days later the two faced off in the first of four games between the Tigers and White Sox with Scherzer getting the better of Sale as the Tigers won 7-3 on Monday night at US Cellular Park.
Scherzer set down the first 12 White Sox hitters he faced as he picked up his 14th win of the year, tied for the most in the AL along with Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore. Scherzer allowed two runs, both on a solo home runs, four hits while striking out five over seven innings of work.
Sale pitched well against the Tigers, but his season long trend of receiving no run support continued on Monday night. (He ranks last in the AL in run support this season.) He went eight innings and struck out 11 while allowing four Tiger runs, but just two were earned.
Prince Fielder drove in the Tigers’ first run on an RBI single in the third inning and Victor Martinez continued his hot July with his first four hit game of the year, including a two run single in the fifth to put the Tigers up 3-0. Martinez later had an RBI single in the ninth to cap off a three run inning for Detroit.
Torii Hunter connected on his eighth home run of the year, a solo shot, in the seventh inning.
Bruce Rondon allowed a double, then threw a wild pitch and balked for the White Sox third of the game in the ninth inning.
This was the 49th time the Tigers reached double figures in hits to lead the Majors.
The Tigers look to make it two in a row over Chicago on Tuesday as Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80 ERA) gets the starting nod. Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30) takes the hill for the White Sox.
Miguel Cabrera left the game in the sixth inning with a sore hip flexor and is day-to-day.