Chicago, IL (WKZO) – Who needs Miguel Cabrera? Certainly not the Tigers on Tuesday night as they crushed the White Sox 6-2 for their third win in a row and second straight over the Sox.
Cabrera was out of the lineup for just the second time this year and is still listed as day-to-day with a sore hip flexor, but the Tigers offense didn’t skip a beat without their MVP. The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth and added three more in the seventh and that was plenty of support for Rick Porcello.
Porcello, making his first start after sitting out five games due to suspension, was stellar in seven innings of work, keeping the White Sox off the board while allowing just four hits and three walks and striking out one to improve his record to 7-6.
Matt Tuiasosopo filled in for the injured Cabrera in the three spot in the Tigers lineup and scored the Tigers first run on a single from Jhonny Peralta. Peralta added to the Tigers lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning, bumping it up to 4-0.
Don Kelly filled in for Cabrera at the hot corner and went 0 for 2 but walked with the bases loaded for the Tigers second run.
Hernan Perez drove in two runs and had two hits, including his first career big-league triple, and scored on the play on an error by White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo for the Tigers’ sixth and final run.
Al Alburquerque tossed a scoreless eighth but after walking the first two White Sox in the ninth, was replaced by Joaquin Benoit who allowed a two-run double to Paul Konerko, but then set down the final three batters he faced in a non-save situation.
Hector Santiago took the loss for the White Sox. He allowed all six runs – three earned – in six innings of work. He struck out six but walked five as well.
Game Notes: White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the top of the first inning for arguing an interference play...Porcello picked off Alejandro De Aza from first base in the third inning, his first pickoff of the year…The White Sox committed four errors…With the win the Tigers improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 (55-44)…Omar Infante, out with an ankle injury, and Darin Downs, out with shoulder tendinitis, will both head to Single-A West Michigan to start rehab assignments on Wednesday…The Tigers and White Sox play the third game of their four game series on Wednesday with Anibal Sanchez(7-7, 2.85 ERA) getting the start for Detroit against John Danks(2-7, 4.52). First pitch is set for 8:10.