American League Game Summary - Chicago at Detroit|
(Sunday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Chicago 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight
innings, Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young both homered and the Detroit Tigers
defeated the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep
and move into a tie atop the AL Central.
Alejandro De Aza returned from the disabled list and belted a leadoff homer
for the White Sox, but Verlander (13-7) allowed just three hits the rest of
the way. The AL's reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner struck out 11, issued
just two walks, and improved to 12-1 in his last 13 starts against Chicago.
"We just beat a very good team, a team that has been in first place for the
most part of the year," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "It's gonna be hard
to take that away from them. They're good and they have answered every bell so
far, so we just have to keep playing baseball."
Boesch belted a game-tying homer in the fifth and Young followed with a three-
run blast an inning later. The left fielder finished with seven RBI in the
Jose Valverde allowed Dan Johnson's RBI single in the ninth before flying out
Orlando Hudson with runners on the corners to secure his 28th save of the
Chris Sale (15-6) lasted six innings in the loss and allowed four runs on five
hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. The lefty has lost all three of his
starts against the Tigers this season.
The White Sox have dropped seven straight games against Detroit and six of
their last seven overall.
With one down in the fifth, Boesch turned on an 0-1 fastball and sent it over
the wall in straightaway center field for his 12th homer of the season.
Omar Infante led off the sixth with a single and Miguel Cabrera followed with
a walk. Sale, who has lost three of his last four starts, struck out Prince
Fielder and was ahead 1-2 against Young before the left fielder deposited a
slider into the seats for a 4-1 advantage.
Valverde retired two straight batters to begin the ninth before A.J.
Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez singled ahead of Johnson's base hit to right.
"Tomorrow is a new day," said Pierzynski. "One thing we've been doing all year
is just look at the next day and hopefully tomorrow will be the day that we
turn it back around and start winning some games."
Young hit his 17th homer run of the year ... Verlander now has 209 strikeouts
on the season. It's the fourth straight season he has posted 200 or more
strikeouts. Verlander and teammate Max Scherzer (207) are just the second duo
in club history to record 200-plus strikeouts in the same season. Mickey
Lolich and Joe Coleman did so in 1971, '72, and '73 ... Prior to the game, the
Tigers recalled pitcher Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo ... De Aza
returned from the 15-day disabled list (bruised ribs).
09/03 01:08:41 ET