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Porcello sharp through seven, Tigers take down ChiSox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Considering Miguel Cabrera was sitting this one out, the Tigers weren't about to turn away any help. Good thing for them, the White Sox were in a generous mood again.

Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered and Detroit took advantage of four errors in a 6-2 victory over Chicago on Tuesday night.

"Everybody has problems," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Everybody has injuries, and everybody has issues that they've got to deal with. We've really had our share this year."

With their MVP and Triple Crown winner Cabrera sidelined by a hip problem, the AL Central leaders again got all the help they needed from Chicago. One night after matching what was a season-high with three errors and giving up five unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers, the White Sox managed to outdo themselves.

The four errors matched their highest total since a game at Kansas City on April 6, 2011, and gave them 68 in all -- two shy of last year's total. They also matched a season high by falling 19 games below .500.

"I don't think anyone saw this one coming this year with the way we played last year and we have pretty much the same pieces," Paul Konerko said. "The ball just kept rolling down the hill the wrong way and we have not stopped it."

Peralta, meanwhile, delivered an RBI single and scored in a three-run fourth in which the Tigers took advantage of two errors. He also hit a solo drive off Hector Santiago (3-6) in the sixth, and Detroit scored three in the inning to go up 6-0.

That was more than enough for Porcello (7-6), who won his third straight start after dropping three in a row. He struck out one and walked three.

"I feel real good about the way tonight went, not only for myself, but all around, we played well," Porcello said.

Santiago took the loss after four straight no-decisions, allowing six runs over six innings. Only three were earned, but just like Chris Sale the night before, he got no support from his fielders.

The error procession started in the first inning when first baseman Adam Dunn appeared to bump Torii Hunter and force him out of the baseline in a rundown. The runner was awarded second base, and manager Robin Ventura got ejected for the first time this season after a heated argument with first base umpire Gary Darling.

It only got worse for Chicago in the fourth.

Matt Tuiasosopo reached leading off when third baseman Conor Gillaspie booted his grounder. Tuiasosopo scored from third on a single by Peralta after Victor Martinez doubled. There was also a bases-loaded walk to Don Kelly and a sacrifice fly by Hernan Perez in which right fielder Alex Rios' throw home got away from catcher Josh Phegley, allowing the runner to advance from first to second.

Peralta made it 4-0 with his drive to left with one out in the sixth, and the Tigers added two more in the inning with the White Sox committing another error along the way.

That happened when left fielder Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball several times trying to pick it up after Perez tripled with a man on first, allowing both runners to score.

As for Cabrera, he said he didn't go for an MRI and was feeling better on Tuesday -- a day after he walked off the field with a sore left hip flexor.

Leyland said his star might return within the next two days against Chicago and that he doesn't expect him to wind up on the disabled list.

"I doubt very much he'll play [Wednesday]," Leyland said. "I can assure you, he's not going to play both these games the next two days. ... Will he play one? I can't answer that. But if he played [Wednesday] night, he certainly wouldn't play the day game. I don't know if he'll player either of the two, to be honest with you."

Notes

  • Leyland said 2B Omar Infante, on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, could soon begin a rehab assignment. Assuming no setbacks from Tuesday's workout, Infante would leave for Class-A West Michigan on Wednesday and could rejoin the Tigers this weekend. Leyland also said LHP Darin Downs (tendinitis in his pitching shoulder) is "probably close to going out and pitching. But I can't tell you when."
  • White Sox reliever Jesse Crain threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since he went on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and could be ready to return as soon as this weekend, pitching coach Don Cooper said. He is tentatively scheduled to throw on the side on Thursday.
 
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The Tigers' Rick Porcello throws seven scoreless innings en route to his third straight win. (USATSI)
The Tigers' Rick Porcello throws seven scoreless innings en route to his third straight win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

H. Santiago
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 5
K 6
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5010024 .270
Torii Hunter, RF4010102 .308
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF3100020 .309
   a-Andy Dirks, PH-LF2010001 .250
Prince Fielder, 1B4000014 .267
Victor Martinez, DH4110012 .270
Jhonny Peralta, SS4222000 .303
Alex Avila, C2100220 .184
Don Kelly, 3B2001201 .241
Hernan Perez, 2B3122001 .200
Totals3368558  
a-singled for Tuiasosopo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (22, Santiago)
3B - Hernan Perez (1, Santiago)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (9, Santiago)
SF - Hernan Perez (1)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (48), Don Kelly (14), Hernan Perez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Hernan Perez (2)
CS - Austin Jackson (3, 2nd base by Santiago/Phegley)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kelly-Perez-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,7-6) 7400310 4.49
Al Alburquerque 1022210 5.47
Joaquin Benoit 1100010 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 93-52, Al Alburquerque 25-15, Joaquin Benoit 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 9-9
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 26, Al Alburquerque 5, Joaquin Benoit 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4010001 .275
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000010 .281
Alex Rios, RF3110100 .278
Adam Dunn, 1B2100210 .210
Paul Konerko, DH3012100 .247
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4000004 .240
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4020011 .253
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000102 .237
Josh Phegley, C3000001 .262
Totals3025253  
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (10, Benoit)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (32)
SB - Alex Rios (21, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
PK - Alejandro De Aza (3, Porcello)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Dunn
E - Adam Dunn (6, Interference), Conor Gillaspie (6, Misplayed grounder), Alex Rios (3, Throwing), Dayan Viciedo (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Santiago (L,3-6) 6563561 3.38
Dylan Axelrod 3300020 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 110-63, Dylan Axelrod 41-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 3-9
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 28, Dylan Axelrod 11
Game Information
Attendance - 25919
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman