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Tigers thump White Sox to earn 10th straight win

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CHICAGO -- Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn helped the Tigers knock the White Sox further back in the AL Central race.

They ignited the Tigers offense with back-to-back homers in the second inning and Detroit routed Chicago 14-4 for its 10th straight win on Monday night.

"I don't know if there is hotter team out there right now," White Sox starter John Danks said. "It's embarrassing but at the same time you have to realize how good they're playing."

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It's the Tigers' first 10-game streak since they won 11 in a row in September 1968 before going on to win the World Series that year.

Raburn finished the game with four hits and three RBI and Peralta added two hits and three RBI for the Tigers, who reduced their magic number to six in the AL Central.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello (14-8) coasted to an easy victory. He allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed one of Brent Morel's two home runs.

"We got that cushion and he got some balls on the ground and did a good job," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I think that relaxed him a little bit when we got the lead and he pitched very well, but he's got to continue working to get the breaking stuff better and the changeup -- more strikes.

"He was sick, too. He had a temperature last night, he had a fever," Leyland said. "I was really worried about him going into the game, how strong he would be. I'm sure getting the lead helped relax him a little bit, he didn't have to go max effort."

The Tigers began their win streak with a sweep of the White Sox during a lopsided three-game series Sept. 3-5 in Detroit. The Tigers outscored Chicago 35-11 to sweep that series and continued to embarrass their divisional rival with a 14-run explosion on Tuesday night.

The game was eerily familiar to the 18-2 loss on Sept. 4 for the White Sox. Chicago pitching allowed 21 hits Monday night compared to the 24 in the 18-2 loss.

Danks (6-12) lasted five innings allowing eight runs, seven earned on 11 hits.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Victor Martinez led off with a single against Danks. One out later, Peralta hit a two-run shot to left giving the Tigers lead. On the next pitch, Raburn hit another ball into left-field seats to make it 3-1.

"It all started in the second inning," said Delmon Young, who was 3 for 3 before exiting the game in the sixth inning. "Victor got on base and Jhonny hit a big home run to put us on top. We had solid at-bats and good swings today."

Leading 3-2 in the third, Delmon Young led off with a single and advanced to third on Miguel Cabrera's ground-rule double to right. Young scored on Alex Avila's groundout and Cabrera scored on Peralta's single. It was Peralta's 19th of the season and Raburn's 13th.

The Tigers added to their lead in the fourth and fifth innings. Jackson walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch then scored on Young's RBI single. After a leadoff double by Avila, Raburn doubled off the wall in left-center to score Avila. Raburn advanced to third after center fielder Alejandro De Aza bobbled the ball and ended up scoring on Danks' wild pitch to make it 8-2.

"I didn't have fun today at all," Danks said. "I was as frustrated as I've ever been. I want to finish strong. I want to have a good taste in my mouth going into the offseason. "

The Tigers didn't stop against reliever Josh Kinney. Kinney was tagged for five consecutive singles in the sixth, including RBI singles by Cabrera, Martinez and Avila to give the Tigers a 11-2 lead. After Peralta's double play ball, Raburn followed with an RBI single for his fourth hit of the night. With bases loaded and two outs, Ramon Santiago, who came in the game in same inning to pinch-run for Magglio Ordonez, hit an RBI single to make it 14-2. The Tigers batter 11 in the inning and scored six runs on eight hits. Kinney somehow lasted the entire inning despite taking a liner off his back from Brandon Inge and giving up six runs on eight hits.

Juan Pierre scored on Dayan Viciedo's groundout in the first inning and De Aza scored on Gordon Beckham's groundout in the second inning.

Morel hit his seventh homer of the season off reliever David Pauley in the ninth.

Notes

  • Tigers RHP Justin Verlander, who is 20-2 since May 1, is Tuesday's scheduled starter. Verlander leads the majors in wins with 22 and is 20-2 since May 1.
  • White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd is Tuesday's scheduled starter. In 17 starts against Detroit, he is 6-1 with a 3.51 ERA.
  • Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
  • Jackson extended his hitting streak to 16 games against the White Sox.
 
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Jhonny Peralta watches the trajectory of his second-inning homer as the Tigers light up the ChiSox. (Getty Images)
Jhonny Peralta watches the trajectory of his second-inning homer as the Tigers light up the ChiSox. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Raburn
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

B. Morel
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3110210 .254
    Andy Dirks, PR-CF0000000 .256
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010012 .245
    Ramon Santiago, PR-2B^SS2112002 .267
Delmon Young, LF3231100 .281
   a- Don Kelly, PH-LF2000004 .233
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5221002 .330
    Carlos Guillen, 1B1000000 .205
Victor Martinez, DH4221113 .324
   b- Will Rhymes, PH-DH1000000 .213
Alex Avila, C5122111 .302
    Omir Santos, C0000000 .182
Jhonny Peralta, SS5123003 .306
    Danny Worth, 2B1000001 .313
Ryan Raburn, 2B-RF5343010 .243
Brandon Inge, 3B5130012 .204
Totals4614211356  
a-grounded out for Young in the 6th
b-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ramon Santiago (11, Kinney), Miguel Cabrera (40, Danks), Alex Avila (31, Danks), Ryan Raburn (19, Danks), Brandon Inge (9, Danks)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (19, Danks), Ryan Raburn (13, Danks)
RBI - Ramon Santiago 2 (28), Delmon Young (52), Miguel Cabrera (96), Victor Martinez (91), Alex Avila 2 (74), Jhonny Peralta 3 (80), Ryan Raburn 3 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Santiago 2 (7), Jhonny Peralta (33), Ryan Raburn (20)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Inge-Raburn-Cabrera, Porcello-Peralta-Cabrera
PB - Alex Avila (6)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,14-8) 6.2633331 4.83
Daniel Schlereth 1100000 3.47
Ryan Perry 0.1000110 5.52
David Pauley 1111001 2.90
WP - Rick Porcello 2 (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 107-61, Daniel Schlereth 19-13, Ryan Perry 10-4, David Pauley 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 12-3, Daniel Schlereth 1-2, David Pauley 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Daniel Schlereth 4, Ryan Perry 2, David Pauley 4
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5120001 .287
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000012 .264
    Eduardo Escobar, SS1010000 .500
Paul Konerko, 1B2000100 .308
    Tyler Flowers, 1B1000001 .207
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010100 .284
Dayan Viciedo, RF3011101 .353
Alex Rios, DH2000003 .220
   a- Carlos Quentin, PH-DH2000012 .254
Alejandro De Aza, CF3100110 .315
Brent Morel, 3B4222000 .255
Gordon Beckham, 2B4011010 .230
Totals3348444  
a-grounded out for Rios in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (17, Porcello), Gordon Beckham (17, Porcello)
HR - Brent Morel 2 (7, Porcello, Pauley)
RBI - Dayan Viciedo (5), Brent Morel 2 (32), Gordon Beckham (40)
2-OUT RBI - Brent Morel (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Alejandro De Aza (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (L,6-12) 51187352 4.36
Josh Kinney 1866000 5.68
Shane Lindsay 3200210 12.00
HBP - Jackson (by Josh Kinney)
WP - John Danks 2 (6), Shane Lindsay (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 96-60, Josh Kinney 32-20, Shane Lindsay 56-36
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-5, Josh Kinney 2-0, Shane Lindsay 5-3
Batters Faced - John Danks 28, Josh Kinney 11, Shane Lindsay 13
Game Information
Attendance - 22750
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Chris Guccione