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Verlander in control, Tigers beat White Sox

By PAUL LADEWSKI
Associated Press
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CHICAGO (AP)

It was just one pitch, but Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers can only hope it turns out to be a turning point in their season.

Verlander turned in one of his most effective outings this year and once again beat the White Sox, leading the Detroit Tigers past Chicago 7-1 Friday night.

The right-hander showed some of his former Cy Young form, particularly to wiggle out of a jam in the first inning. After Verlander's wild pickoff throw set up a sacrifice fly by Adam Dunn, Verlander reached back to strike out Tyler Flowers on a 95 mph fastball and leave the bases loaded.

''Yeah, you can't put your team in a 3-0 deficit right away,'' Verlander said. ''I made a bad throw to allow those guys to score an easy run. Once the bases are loaded, you're thinking, `All right, just leave the damage where it's at and make a pitch here.'''

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was also glad to see Verlander get out of the tough spot.

''I've always said the first inning is the toughest inning for a starter,'' Ausmus said. ''To get out of the inning was very important.''

The contending Tigers won for the fifth time in six games. Chicago has lost nine of 10.

Verlander (12-11) beat the White Sox for the 14th time in 18 decisions since June 10, 2009 - the most wins by any pitcher against a single team in that span.

The former AL MVP allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings. It was the first time this year that he allowed fewer than two runs in a game.

''I'm just trying to execute better pitches, not walk so many guys and get ahead in the count,'' said Verlander, whose numbers began to trend upward since the All-Star break. ''I know (the talent) is still there to be the guy I want to be. I just got to find it.''

Verlander matched his season high with eight strikeouts and walked two. Seven of the strikeouts came in his last three innings.

''The first half of his game was good,'' Ausmus said. ''The second half was very good.''

J.D. Martinez had a double and two singles for Detroit. The Tigers got 13 hits, including five doubles.

Scott Carroll (5-9) took the loss but didn't get much support in the field. He allowed seven runs, only three of which were earned.

First baseman Jose Abreu had three hits for Chicago, but his two errors helped the Tigers score five times in the fourth for a 7-1 lead.

After Victor Martinez hit a grounder that handcuffed Abreu for an error, Nick Castellanos' groundout and Alex Avila's double drove in two runs. Eugenio Suarez followed with a single before Ezequiel Carrera's high bouncer glanced off the tip of Abreu's glove for a run-scoring miscue. Ian Kinsler's fielder's choice groundout and Torii Hunter's double capped the rally.

Abreu left the game after the seventh because of what appeared to be a minor hamstring injury.

''He's fine,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''I think he's just tired.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Joakim Soria resumed his throwing program before the game, when he threw off flat ground for the third time this week. The hope is that his strained left oblique will not require a second stint on the disabled list, but there is no timetable for the reliever's return.

White Sox: OF Moises Sierra went hitless in four at-bats on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. He is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique.

UP NEXT

The Tigers will send RHP Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13) to the mound against LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03) in the opener of a split doubleheader on Saturday. Tigers LHP Kyle Ryan and White Sox RHP Chris Bassitt are scheduled to make their major league debuts in the nightcap.

REED GETS CALL

Prior to the game, the Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo and designated RHP Jose Ortego for assignment. Reed had a 0-1 record and 4.88 earned run average in 27 games for the Tigers this season. He replaced LHP Kyle Lobstein, who was sent to the Triple-A affiliate the previous night.

LITTLE BIG MEN

The White Sox plan to honor the Jackie Robinson West Little League team on Chicago's South Side before the second game of the doubleheader. The team became the first all-black squad to win the United States championship before losing to South Korea in the Little League title game.

 
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J. Verlander
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 2
K 8
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J. Martinez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5212001.278.312.414
Torii Hunter, RF4022000.280.317.452
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5000012.301.366.491
Victor Martinez, DH5120000.328.395.553
J.D. Martinez, LF5130002.312.353.556
Nick Castellanos, 3B4011003.263.310.414
Alex Avila, C4111014.221.322.371
Eugenio Suarez, SS4110013.255.326.368
Ezequiel Carrera, CF4121001.244.277.333
Justin Verlander, P0000000.333.333.333
   Jim Johnson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Patrick McCoy, P0000000.000.000.000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals40713703    
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (34, Carroll), Torii Hunter (26, Carroll), J.D. Martinez (26, Carroll), Nick Castellanos (27, Lindstrom), Alex Avila (21, Carroll)
SF - Torii Hunter (5)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (71), Torii Hunter 2 (73), Nick Castellanos (57), Alex Avila (39), Ezequiel Carrera (2)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (27)
SB - Eugenio Suarez (3, 3rd base off Carroll/Flowers), Ezequiel Carrera (3, 2nd base off Carroll/Flowers)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Kinsler-Suarez-Cabrera
E - Justin Verlander (6, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (W,12-11) 7911280 4.68
Jim Johnson 1000000 6.99
Patrick McCoy 0.1100100 4.38
Al Alburquerque 0.2000000 2.61
HBP - Garcia (by Jim Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 116-77, Jim Johnson 7-5, Patrick McCoy 12-7, Al Alburquerque 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 4-8, Jim Johnson 1-1, Patrick McCoy 1-0, Al Alburquerque 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 31, Jim Johnson 3, Patrick McCoy 3, Al Alburquerque 2
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF4130110.310.377.413
Alexei Ramirez, SS5000004.283.315.417
Jose Abreu, 1B3030100.316.375.604
   Dayan Viciedo, 1B1000002.232.277.396
Adam Dunn, DH3001013.219.339.425
Avisail Garcia, RF3010013.233.296.452
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3000112.302.355.444
Tyler Flowers, C3010023.235.295.352
   Adrian Nieto, C1000001.245.304.330
Alejandro De Aza, LF4010021.246.312.358
Carlos Sanchez, 2B4010001.273.273.303
Scott Carroll, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000.000.000.000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34110138    
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (21, Verlander), Jose Abreu (32, Verlander), Avisail Garcia (4, Verlander), Tyler Flowers (13, Verlander), Alejandro De Aza (19, Verlander)
SF - Adam Dunn (4)
RBI - Adam Dunn (52)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-C. Sanchez-Abreu
E - Jose Abreu 2 (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll (L,5-9) 51073020 5.07
Ronald Belisario 2000000 5.85
Matt Lindstrom 1.2200010 4.56
Maikel Cleto 0.1100000 4.57
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 104-68, Ronald Belisario 13-10, Matt Lindstrom 36-22, Maikel Cleto 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 9-6, Ronald Belisario 3-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-3, Maikel Cleto 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 27, Ronald Belisario 5, Matt Lindstrom 7, Maikel Cleto 2
Game Information
Attendance - 17071
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Pat Hoberg, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz