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Damon's breakout game lifts Tigers over ChiSox

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DETROIT -- Their goal of winning the AL Central all but gone, the Detroit Tigers are embracing their role as spoilers.

Johnny Damon had a season-high four hits, scored two runs and drove in one, helping Detroit beat Chicago 6-3 Thursday and hand the White Sox their third straight loss.

The Tigers have won six of eight to get back above .500 for the first time since July 31.

"We came into the season with bigger hopes, thinking we could win the World Series," Damon said. "Good teams can rebound from tough times and we weren't able to do that until now. Unfortunately, we dug a pretty big hole. But we can still control the race to some extent with games coming against Chicago and Minnesota."

The White Sox fell six games behind idle Minnesota, their largest deficit in the division since June 17.

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"It gets harder every day," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

After hosting Kansas City this weekend, the White Sox will start a three-game series Tuesday at home against Minnesota.

"We have to go home and turn this around," Guillen said. "One thing I know -- this team will not quit. They will keep fighting until the end."

Guillen traces his team's troubles to its AL Central record, going 28-32 in the division while Minnesota has dominated its familiar foes with a 38-19 mark.

"That's why we are where we are right now," Guillen said.

Ryan Raburn and Jhonny Peralta each had two RBI as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 10 games at Comerica Park, where they are 46-26.

The Tigers trail the Twins by 12½ games -- putting them slightly closer to first than last place -- in large part because they're 19 games under .500 on the road.

"We don't have a chance, but we have to play hard no matter what," Peralta said.

Rick Porcello (9-11) gave up three runs on four hits and no walks in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. Ryan Perry pitched the ninth for his second save.

Gavin Floyd (10-12) allowed six runs -- five earned -- over six innings. He gave up career-high matching 13 hits, all of which were singles. He became the first pitcher to do that since James Baldwin on Aug. 29, 2001, pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies, according to STATS LLC.

"You are trying to get ground balls, and everything they hit finds a hole," Floyd said.

Chicago's Alex Rios hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

The Tigers didn't hit one over the fence, or even in a gap, but methodically scored runs throughout the game. They also got solid pitching and played sound defense.

"We're giving a good effort," manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm pleased with them. Some nights, we're just not good enough."

Notes

  • White Sox RHP Bobby Jenks is day to day with forearm tightness.
  • White Sox Freddy Garcia had his injured lower back treated with an epidural and might make his start Sunday.
  • The Tigers were without slugger Miguel Cabrera (left shoulder, biceps) for a second game in a row.
  • Chicago activated reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list before the game.
  • Tigers RHP Armando Galarraga says it will be "no big deal" to pitch for the first time since his near-perfect game with umpire Jim Joyce on the field Friday night against Baltimore.
  • Leyland said he's considering moving LHP Phil Coke from a reliever to a starter next season.
  • Detroit OF Austin Jackson struck out a season-high four times, but walked and scored his 92nd run -- the most by a Tigers rookie since Jake Wood had four more in 1961.
  • The White Sox had an error, giving them 18 in the last 15 games.
  • Detroit's rookies have combined for 443 hits, the most by the team since 1954.
 
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Johnny Damon has a season-high four hits as Detroit drops Chicago six games back for the AL Central lead. (AP)
Johnny Damon has a season-high four hits as Detroit drops Chicago six games back for the AL Central lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 0
K 3
Detroit

J. Damon
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000000 .275
Omar Vizquel, 2B-3B3120110 .290
Alex Rios, CF4112002 .290
Paul Konerko, 1B4110001 .317
Manny Ramirez, DH4000012 .309
Carlos Quentin, RF3000001 .238
Ramon Castro, C3000000 .300
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000000 .281
Brent Morel, 3B2000010 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .239
    Brent Lillibridge, 2B0000000 .279
Totals3134213  
a-flied out for Morel in the 8th
Batting
HR - Alex Rios (21, Porcello)
RBI - Alex Rios 2 (81)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-A. Ramirez-Konerko
E - Carlos Quentin (8, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (L,10-12) 61365130 3.91
Matt Thornton 1000010 2.55
Sergio Santos 1000020 2.20
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 108-64, Matt Thornton 12-6, Sergio Santos 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 7-7, Matt Thornton 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 31, Matt Thornton 3, Sergio Santos 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4100143 .303
Will Rhymes, 2B4230000 .312
Johnny Damon, DH4241000 .273
Ryan Raburn, LF4022000 .265
Brennan Boesch, RF3000004 .265
   a- Casper Wells, PH-RF1000001 .320
Jhonny Peralta, SS3012000 .254
Don Kelly, 1B4010012 .249
Brandon Inge, 3B4010000 .254
Alex Avila, C4110012 .217
Totals35613516  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Boesch in the 7th
Batting
SF - Jhonny Peralta (9)
RBI - Johnny Damon (46), Ryan Raburn 2 (50), Jhonny Peralta 2 (69)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn (7), Jhonny Peralta (29)
Team LOB - 7
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,9-11) 8433031 5.10
Ryan Perry (S,2) 1000100 4.03
WP - Rick Porcello 2 (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 105-67, Ryan Perry 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 12-9, Ryan Perry 2-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 28, Ryan Perry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29995
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Brian Gorman