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DETROIT -- Their goal of winning the AL Central all but gone, the Detroit Tigers are embracing their role as spoilers.
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.
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.
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."
|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|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Omar Vizquel, 2B-3B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.290|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.290|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.317|
|Manny Ramirez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.309|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Ramon Castro, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Brent Morel, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Brent Lillibridge, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|a-flied out for Morel in the 8th|
|HR - Alex Rios (21, Porcello)|
|RBI - Alex Rios 2 (81)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Vizquel-A. Ramirez-Konerko|
|E - Carlos Quentin (8, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,10-12)||6||13||6||5||1||3||0||3.91|
|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|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||1||0||0||1||4||3||.303|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.312|
|Johnny Damon, DH||4||2||4||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.265|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.265|
|a- Casper Wells, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||1||2||0||0||0||.254|
|Don Kelly, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.249|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Alex Avila, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.217|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Boesch in the 7th|
|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|
|Rick Porcello (W,9-11)||8||4||3||3||0||3||1||5.10|
|Ryan Perry (S,2)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||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|
|Attendance - 29995|
|Game Time - 2:12|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Brian Gorman|