American League Game Summary - Chicago at Detroit|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Chicago 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Max Scherzer struck out nine batters over eight
shutout innings to win his fifth straight start, and Miguel Cabrera knocked in
two runs to help the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White
Delmon Young belted a solo homer for the Tigers, who have a chance to pull
even with the White Sox in the AL Central after this weekend. They are within
a game of the lead and can complete a three-game sweep Sunday night.
"Because of the situation we were in, it's a little bigger of a series,"
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But if we win tomorrow or lose tomorrow,
it's not the end of the world."
The series finale has a marquee pitching matchup of Chris Sale (15-5) for the
White Sox and Justin Verlander (12-7) for the Tigers.
"There's a long way to go," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We're still
where we want to be. You could be 15, 20 games back."
Scherzer (15-6), who gave up four hits, has an ERA of 1.03 during his last
five starts. He leads the majors in strikeouts with 204, just ahead of
Francisco Liriano (5-11) hadn't lost since July 23, but the lefty suffered his
first defeat in a White Sox uniform. Liriano gave up four hits and three runs
with seven walks over four-plus innings.
The White Sox, losers in five of their last six games, got a pair of hits from
DeWayne Wise. They're 1-7 in eight games at Comerica Park this season and have
lost 11 of their last 12 at Detroit.
The Tigers scored twice in the third inning. Brennan Boesch tripled to the gap
in right-center field to plate Austin Jackson. Cabrera followed with a single
Young tripled high off the wall in center field and scored on Avisail Garcia's
first major league hit, a single to right field, for a 3-0 lead in the fifth.
Young homered to left-center field leading off the seventh inning against
Jesse Crain. Cabrera notched his 111th RBI of the year by singling in Jackson
in the eighth inning.
Orlando Hudson's triple to center field off Jose Valverde scored Paul Konerko
in the ninth.
With the September call-ups, both teams made a number of roster moves
Saturday. Included in that was Chicago reinstating catcher Tyler Flowers from
the paternity list and activating Hudson and pitcher Leyson Septimo from the
15-day disabled list. The Tigers activated infielder/outfielder Ryan Raburn
off the 15-day DL ... Chicago has lost eight of its last nine road games ...
The 15 wins for Scherzer matches a career-high, set last season.
09/02 00:42:41 ET