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CHICAGO -- Doug Fister has been a different pitcher since the All-Star break.
Fister allowed a pair of solo homers early and no other hits through seven innings as the Tigers beat the White Sox 5-3 to close Chicago's lead in the AL Central to two games.
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"I wasn't trying to do too much, that was the biggest thing for me. I was just trying to stay inside myself and let the defense work," said Fister, who retired the final 14 batters he faced. "That was the name of my game tonight."
The only two hits Fister (9-8) gave up were solo homers to Dewayne Wise in the first and Gordon Beckham in the third that gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead. He walked two and struck out six and is 7-2 in 11 starts after the All-Star game.
"We've been pitching very good for a while. Tonight we did muster a few runs, it's not like we tore the cover off the ball, but we got enough. Our pitchers were pretty darn good," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said after his team ended a four-game losing streak."
Chicago starter Jake Peavy couldn't hold the early two-run lead. Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer in the fifth after a single by Omar Infante. And one batter later, Miguel Cabrera connected for his 36th of the season, a solo shot that put the Tigers on top.
"I think it relaxed everybody when we got on the board a little bit. We got that three-spot, I thought it relaxed everybody a little bit," Leyland said.
"The way Dougie was pitching, he had some quick innings, obviously. That's always good for your team. We needed to get back in the win column, tonight, and we did."
Peavy (10-11) threw 117 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out nine. He is 1-3 in six starts against the Tigers this season.
"You go back and relieve those and you'd like to make better pitches," Peavy said of the homers.
"There's no secrets. I've faced that same lineup. ...Those guys know what I'm going to do. I had good stuff tonight. When you do have good stuff you have a lot of foul balls, a lot of swing and misses and the pitch count got up extremely high with that."
Chicago got consecutive singles from Alexei Ramirez, Beckham and Alejandro De Aza off Joaquin Benoit to open the bottom of the eighth and cut the lead to 5-3. But Benoit regrouped to strike out Kevin Youkilis after he failed to get down a bunt and fanned Wise before retiring Paul Konerko on a grounder to end the threat.
Wise, batting third with Adam Dunn missing a fifth straight game with a right oblique strain, hit a long two-out homer to right in the first, his eighth of the season. Beckham hit his career-high 15th homer and second in two nights, leading off the third.
But that was it against Fister.
"He was good tonight," Wise said. "After that first inning, I faced him and he had a pretty good breaking ball going. He just kept throwing that thing and we just kept chasing it."
|Miguel Cabrera blasts a solo shot in fifth inning to help the Tigers down the White Sox. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Austin Jackson, CF||3||1||2||2||2||1||3||.305|
|Andy Dirks, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.316|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||1||1||0||4||.325|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||4||.306|
|Delmon Young, DH||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.272|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.244|
|a- Avisail Garcia, PH-RF||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.252|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.243|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.279|
|a-hit by pitch for Boesch in the 8th|
|HR - Austin Jackson (14, Peavy), Miguel Cabrera (36, Peavy)|
|SH - Andy Dirks (2)|
|RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (55), Andy Dirks (30), Miguel Cabrera (117), Alex Avila (40)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (42)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Doug Fister (W,9-8)||7||2||2||2||2||6||2||3.49|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,29)||1||3||1||1||0||2||0||3.10|
|Jose Valverde (S,29)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.53|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 99-64, Joaquin Benoit 16-13, Jose Valverde 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 6-9, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Joaquin Benoit 6, Jose Valverde 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.234|
|Dewayne Wise, LF||4||1||1||1||0||3||3||.277|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.308|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.293|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Dayan Viciedo, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.251|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.274|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.239|
|HR - Dewayne Wise (8, Fister), Gordon Beckham (15, Fister)|
|RBI - Alejandro De Aza (47), Dewayne Wise (23), Gordon Beckham (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dewayne Wise (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jake Peavy (L,10-11)||5.2||6||3||3||2||9||2||3.27|
|IBB - Cabrera by Nate Jones|
|HBP - Garcia (by Francisco Liriano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 117-79, Leyson Septimo 3-3, Nate Jones 17-4, Donnie Veal 2-1, Brett Myers 3-3, Francisco Liriano 4-3, Jesse Crain 37-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 1-7, Nate Jones 1-0, Brett Myers 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 25, Leyson Septimo 1, Nate Jones 4, Donnie Veal 1, Brett Myers 1, Francisco Liriano 3, Jesse Crain 7|
|Attendance - 26504|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Bob Davidson|