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Verlander nets win No. 21 as Tigers rout White Sox

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DETROIT -- Jim Leyland reached a milestone Friday night, and he knew just who deserves the credit.

Justin Verlander took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Tigers expanded their AL Central lead over Chicago with an 8-1 victory over the White Sox. The win was Leyland's 500th with Detroit, making him the fifth Tigers manager to reach that level.

"Give credit where it is due: Justin Verlander has 104 of those wins, and he gave us another great performance tonight," Leyland said. "So let's forget about Jim Leyland and talk about Justin Verlander."

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Verlander (21-5) improved to 19-2 since May 1, allowing one run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.

"It was a hot, humid night and both pitchers were laboring, which makes it more impressive what he did tonight," Leyland said. "It was nice to see, because he picked the offense up, and then they picked him up. That's how you have to win games in September."

Verlander was pitching a two-hitter when the Tigers scored five runs in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead.

"I didn't change my game plan when we were leading 3-0 early, but once it got to be 8-0, I started throwing first-pitch fastballs," he said. "I figured if they were hacking, I could get some quick outs. It hurt me a little in the eighth, but you certainly can't complain about a game like this."

Detroit isn't known for defense, but Verlander got several exceptional plays, including a diving catch by second baseman Ramon Santiago and a long running grab by gimpy right fielder Magglio Ordonez.

"That looked like Magglio from at least 10 years ago, the way he ran that down," Verlander said. "As for Santi, I don't know what you can say about that play, other than it probably saved me at least a run."

On a 95-degree day, John Danks (6-10) struggled badly for Chicago, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. The White Sox had won five of six, but fell 6½ games behind the first-place Tigers with two games left in the series.

"Danks wasn't around the plate, and he was facing a pretty good hitting club that is swinging the bats well," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

The White Sox also trail second-place Cleveland by a game.

"We're running out of games," Danks said. "We have to at least win out against the Tigers and we're still going to need some help."

After Verlander needed just six pitches in the top of the first, Detroit staked him to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Jackson led off with a single, took second on Ordonez's groundout and scored on Delmon Young's triple. Young came home on Cabrera's RBI single, and Cabrera then stunned the sold-out crowd of 42,352 by stealing second base.

That put him in position to score on Alex Avila's single.

"That was all Miggy's doing -- don't give me any credit for that one," Leyland said. "He saw that Danks wasn't paying attention and he got the base. That's a huge play, because it gets us a run."

Against the overwhelming favorite to win the American League Cy Young award, Guillen knew the game was almost over after one inning.

"When it is 3-0 in the first inning against that guy, you've got a pretty rough slope to climb," he said.

Guillen was right, as the score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fifth, with the White Sox only putting one runner in scoring position.

Brandon Inge led off Detroit's fifth with a single, and scored on Jackson's ninth homer of the season.

A single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs, and Guillen pulled Danks in favor of Josh Kinney. The move didn't pay off, as Jhonny Peralta lined a bases-clearing double to give the Tigers their eight-run lead.

Tyler Flowers broke up Verlander's shutout with a 425-foot homer on the first pitch of the eighth, and Chicago loaded the bases with one out before Joaquin Benoit came out of the bullpen. Paul Konerko flew out to left, and A.J. Pierzynski lined out to Cabrera at first.

Notes

  • Leyland joined Sparky Anderson (1,331), Hughie Jennings (1,131), Bucky Harris (516) and Steve O'Neill (509) as 500-game winners with Detroit. "That's something you focus on more with your family, but it is something I'm proud of -- being only the fifth person to do that in over 100 years of baseball in Detroit," Leyland said.
  • Tigers reliever Alberto Alburquerque is expected to throw an inning for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday before rejoining Detroit. Alburquerque has been sidelined with a concussion since being hit with a liner in batting practice on August 12.
  • Chicago's Eduardo Escobar made his major-league debut, replacing Alexei Ramirez at shortstop in the seventh inning. Shane Lindsay, the first Australian to play for the White Sox, started his career by pitching the eighth.
  • Verlander has thrown at least six innings and 100 pitches in all 30 starts this season.
  • The teams play again Saturday afternoon, with Detroit's Brad Penny (9-10) against Chicago's Gavin Floyd (12-10).
 
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Justin Verlander earns his 21st win of the season, giving up one run on seven hits before leaving in the eighth. (Getty Images)
Justin Verlander earns his 21st win of the season, giving up one run on seven hits before leaving in the eighth. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Jackson
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

J. Verlander
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4010000 .283
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010010 .263
    Eduardo Escobar, SS10100001.000
Paul Konerko, 1B4010014 .317
A.J. Pierzynski, DH4010014 .296
Dayan Viciedo, RF4000013 .412
Alejandro De Aza, CF3000012 .316
   a- Brent Lillibridge, PH0000100 .254
Tyler Flowers, C4111002 .250
Brent Morel, 3B3010101 .251
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000012 .231
Totals3317126  
a-walked for De Aza in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (23, Verlander), Brent Morel (15, Verlander)
HR - Tyler Flowers (3, Verlander)
RBI - Tyler Flowers (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (L,6-10) 4.2988241 4.01
Josh Kinney 2.1200010 2.08
Shane Lindsay 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 91-62, Josh Kinney 28-19, Shane Lindsay 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 3-6, Josh Kinney 4-2
Batters Faced - John Danks 24, Josh Kinney 9, Shane Lindsay 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5232011 .254
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010001 .239
    Don Kelly, PR-RF1110000 .228
Delmon Young, LF4111032 .267
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3211100 .327
Victor Martinez, DH4000012 .319
Alex Avila, C3111100 .299
Jhonny Peralta, SS4013011 .305
Ramon Santiago, 2B3000101 .251
Brandon Inge, 3B4120001 .183
Totals34811836  
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (23, Kinney)
3B - Delmon Young (1, Danks)
HR - Austin Jackson (9, Danks)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (41), Delmon Young (46), Miguel Cabrera (86), Alex Avila (66), Jhonny Peralta 3 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Avila (22), Jhonny Peralta 3 (29)
SB - Miguel Cabrera (2, 2nd base off Danks/Flowers)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (W,21-5) 7.1711161 2.34
Joaquin Benoit 0.2000000 3.35
Daniel Schlereth 1000100 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 106-73, Joaquin Benoit 6-4, Daniel Schlereth 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-7, Daniel Schlereth 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Joaquin Benoit 2, Daniel Schlereth 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42352
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mark Carlson