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Cabrera breaks out of slump, Tigers hold off White Sox

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DETROIT -- Justin Verlander could sense Miguel Cabrera was on the verge of breaking out of his slump -- even before the Detroit slugger's home run.

"You like to see results, but he really did take some great swings yesterday and that was just a precursor to today," Verlander said Tuesday night. "Hopefully that gets him jump-started."

Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Cabrera was 4 for 23 on this homestand before going 3 for 5 in Detroit's victory.

Cabrera hit a home run and a double off Chicago's Charlie Leesman (0-1), who was called up from the minors to start in place of an injured Chris Sale.

"No offense to Charlie, but I'm sure those guys were pretty excited when they heard Chris was scratched," Chicago's Adam Dunn said. "That would be true no matter which pitcher we were sending out there instead of him."

Verlander (3-1) had little to worry about after allowing a first-inning home run to Jose Abreu. He allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Chicago's Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits, and Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth to pull the White Sox within two. Joba Chamberlain got the final out for his first save, retiring Alexei Ramirez on a liner to left with one on.

Ian Kinsler doubled twice for the Tigers, who sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run third inning.

Cabrera improved his average to .235 on the season and at least momentarily calmed concerns about his early struggles. After Kinsler's double in the first, Cabrera lined a double of his own to the wall in right-center field, tying the game at 1.

Kinsler added a two-run double in the third, and Cabrera followed with a drive to right that Viciedo seemed to have measured at first. With the wind blowing out much of the night, the ball carried just over the wall to put the Tigers up 5-1.

It was Cabrera's second home run of the year, and it came on the first pitch.

"In that situation, you've got to come aggressive and try to get a good pitch to hit," Cabrera said.

Nick Castellanos added a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and Detroit scored two more runs in the fifth when Alex Avila hit an RBI double and scored on a double by Rajai Davis to make it 8-1.

Avila went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .227.

It was 8-3 entering the ninth, and Detroit's Phil Coke struck out the first two hitters of the inning, but Marcus Semien doubled, Paul Konerko hit an RBI single and Dunn homered to right.

Chamberlain came on and walked Viciedo before J.D. Martinez caught Ramirez's liner in left.

Abreu opened the scoring in the first with a drive that cleared the wall in center for his sixth homer of the season. Verlander did not have a perfect inning all night, but he kept the White Sox from stringing too many hits together, and his Detroit teammates gave him more than enough run support.

Sale was supposed to face Verlander in a marquee matchup of AL Central aces, but the left-hander went on the disabled list before the game with a strained flexor muscle in his throwing arm. Leesman's second career start did not go well. The Tigers hit the ball hard off him right from the start, and he allowed five straight hits -- including two doubles and a homer -- before getting an out in the third.

Leesman allowed six runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Notes

Every starter in the Detroit lineup had at least one hit. The Tigers finished with 15. ... Leesman's previous start came last season, when he also made seven relief appearances for the White Sox and finished with an ERA of 7.04. ... Detroit LHP Drew Smyly (1-1) faces Chicago RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0) on Wednesday night.

 
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Entering the game with a .206 average, Miguel Cabrera looks more like himself with a 3-for-5 effort, including this home run. (Getty Images)
Entering the game with a .206 average, Miguel Cabrera looks more like himself with a 3-for-5 effort, including this home run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Danks, CF5010021 .125
Marcus Semien, 3B5120021 .233
Jose Abreu, 1B3221011 .259
   Paul Konerko, 1B2111000 .105
Adam Dunn, DH4212111 .250
Dayan Viciedo, RF4040100 .361
Alexei Ramirez, SS5021003 .357
Alejandro De Aza, LF2001102 .156
Tyler Flowers, C3000011 .368
   Adrian Nieto, C1000002 .211
Leury Garcia, 2B3000120 .227
Charlie Leesman, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
Totals37613649  
Batting
2B - Marcus Semien (4, Coke), Dayan Viciedo (7, Verlander)
HR - Jose Abreu (6, Verlander), Adam Dunn (4, Coke)
SF - Alejandro De Aza (1)
RBI - Jose Abreu (19), Paul Konerko (2), Adam Dunn 2 (10), Alexei Ramirez (15), Alejandro De Aza (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Abreu (7), Paul Konerko (1), Adam Dunn 2 (3), Alexei Ramirez (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Tyler Flowers (2, Throwing), Marcus Semien (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Leesman (L,0-1) 2.2966101 20.25
Zach Putnam 2111140 4.15
Scott Downs 1.1311100 8.10
Daniel Webb 1100010 2.31
Maikel Cleto 1100000 1.17
WP - Zach Putnam 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Leesman 73-47, Zach Putnam 34-21, Scott Downs 18-10, Daniel Webb 18-10, Maikel Cleto 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Leesman 2-5, Zach Putnam 2-0, Scott Downs 1-3, Daniel Webb 1-1, Maikel Cleto 3-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Leesman 17, Zach Putnam 8, Scott Downs 8, Daniel Webb 4, Maikel Cleto 5
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, CF5121021 .304
Ian Kinsler, 2B4222102 .319
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5133011 .235
Victor Martinez, DH5110003 .295
Torii Hunter, RF5010002 .259
J.D. Martinez, LF4110103 .250
Nick Castellanos, 3B3011010 .265
Alex Avila, C4131001 .227
Andrew Romine, SS3110113 .269
Justin Verlander, P0000000 .667
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000 .000
   Phil Coke, P0000000 .000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
Totals38815835  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (1, Downs), Ian Kinsler 2 (6, Leesman), Miguel Cabrera (6, Leesman), Victor Martinez (3, Leesman), Nick Castellanos (3, Webb), Alex Avila (4, Downs)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (2, Leesman)
SF - Nick Castellanos (1)
RBI - Rajai Davis (6), Ian Kinsler 2 (13), Miguel Cabrera 3 (10), Nick Castellanos (9), Alex Avila (2)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis (2), Alex Avila (1)
SB - J.D. Martinez (1, 3rd base off Putnam/Flowers)
CS - Alex Avila (2, 2nd base by Leesman/Flowers)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Romine-Kinsler-Cabrera, Romine-Kinsler-Cabrera-Romine-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (W,3-1) 7822271 2.18
Al Alburquerque 1211100 5.40
Phil Coke 0.2333021 13.50
Joba Chamberlain (S,1) 0.1000100 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 119-73, Al Alburquerque 28-16, Phil Coke 17-13, Joba Chamberlain 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-7, Al Alburquerque 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Al Alburquerque 6, Phil Coke 5, Joba Chamberlain 2
Game Information
Attendance - 24976
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor