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CHICAGO -- For the first time in more than three weeks, the Chicago White Sox have company atop the AL Central.
The White Sox gave Detroit an opening to tie for the division lead when Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the last-place Cleveland Indians.
"We knew it wasn't going to be easy," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "[Detroit is] not going to go away. They'll keep playing hard."
Hours later, Anibal Sanchez pitched a three-hitter for the Tigers in a 2-0 victory over Kansas City that left both Detroit and Chicago at 82-72 with eight games to go.
Chicago had been alone in first place since Sept. 3.
The White Sox have lost six of seven and have had trouble scoring without the long ball of late. Three solo homers were all the offense Chicago mustered Tuesday.
Down 4-0, the White Sox rallied when Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo hit consecutive fifth-inning home runs off Corey Kluber (2-4) and then pulled within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth.
"It's just going to take some hits together that don't go over the fence," Beckham said. "If you string hits together, you usually score runs. It happens that a lot of ours go over the fence."
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"Every day there's close games," Konerko said. "Today was obviously not a step in the right direction. It was a tough game. We showed some heart to battle back. At this point of the season, you need the victories."
After Wednesday night's series finale, the White Sox host a four-game series against Tampa Bay and then close with three games in Cleveland.
Detroit finishes its four-game series against Kansas City on Thursday, then winds up with a pair of three-game series at Minnesota and the Royals.
Francisco Liriano (6-12) allowed all four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in his past seven appearances.
Kluber (2-4) gave up four hits in seven innings, retiring nine of his last 10 batters. Vinnie Pestano and Perez completed the six-hitter, with Perez gaining his 37th save in 41 chances.
"He grew a little as a pitcher today," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Kluber. "That was a well-pitched ballgame, a crucial situation for [the White Sox]."
Russ Canzler had three hits and homered for the second straight game, putting Cleveland ahead in the second inning.
Upset by first base umpire Jerry Layne's call, Pierzynski jumped up and down at home plate.
|With the loss, Paul Konerko and the White Sox fall into a first-place tie in the AL Central with the victorious Tigers. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.281|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.257|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.271|
|Carlos Santana, C||3||1||1||0||1||2||2||.259|
|Russ Canzler, 1B||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.296|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Matt LaPorta, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.245|
|a- Cord Phelps, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.105|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B-LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.190|
|Thomas Neal, LF||3||1||0||1||0||1||1||.158|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Ezequiel Carrera, CF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.248|
|a-struck out for LaPorta in the 8th|
|2B - Russ Canzler (3, Liriano)|
|HR - Russ Canzler (3, Liriano)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (59), Russ Canzler (10), Thomas Neal (2), Ezequiel Carrera (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (29), Ezequiel Carrera (3)|
|PK - Carlos Santana (1, Jones)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman|
|E - Asdrubal Cabrera (19, Throwing)|
|Corey Kluber (W,2-4)||7||4||2||2||3||4||2||5.02|
|Vinnie Pestano (H,36)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.41|
|Chris Perez (S,37)||1||1||1||1||2||0||1||3.46|
|Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 85-52, Vinnie Pestano 12-7, Chris Perez 20-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 8-7, Vinnie Pestano 2-0, Chris Perez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Vinnie Pestano 4, Chris Perez 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.280|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.232|
|Adam Dunn, DH||3||0||0||0||1||3||1||.209|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.301|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.297|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.253|
|a- Dan Johnson, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.357|
|Jordan Danks, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.237|
|a-walked for Viciedo in the 9th|
|HR - Paul Konerko (25, Perez), A.J. Pierzynski (27, Kluber), Dayan Viciedo (22, Kluber)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (71), A.J. Pierzynski (75), Dayan Viciedo (68)|
|SB - Alejandro De Aza (25, 2nd base off Kluber/Santana)|
|CS - Alejandro De Aza (12, 2nd base by Kluber/Santana), Alexei Ramirez (7, 2nd base by Kluber/Santana)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Francisco Liriano (L,6-12)||3.2||7||4||4||2||4||1||5.34|
|WP - Francisco Liriano (11)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 74-46, Brian Omogrosso 34-23, Jose Quintana 4-4, Nate Jones 28-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 3-3, Brian Omogrosso 2-2, Jose Quintana 1-1, Nate Jones 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 19, Brian Omogrosso 8, Jose Quintana 2, Nate Jones 8|
|Attendance - 13797|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover|