American League Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago|
(Wednesday, September 12th)
Final Score: Detroit 8, Chicago 6
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A relieved Prince Fielder smacked a 3-1 slider
in the seventh inning and watched it fly into the right-center field seats.
Fielder's three-run homer snapped a prolonged 0-for-18 slump and helped the
Detroit Tigers down the Chicago White Sox, 8-6, in the third installment of a
crucial four-game set.
The Tigers have won the last two games of the series after dropping the
opener. They're just a game back of the White Sox for the top spot in the AL
"If we focus on playing good baseball, it should work out," Fielder said.
Max Scherzer (16-6), who extended his winning streak to six games, fanned
seven and allowed a run on four hits over six frames. The American League-
strikeout leader had struck out at least eight batters in each of his last 10
Kevin Youkilis hit a pair of blasts, a three-run and solo shot, for Chicago,
which has dropped four of its last six contests.
"We're not quitting at any point," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, whose
team has lost nine of their last 10 games against Detroit. "That's the one
great thing about the team, they're not going to get down where they're giving
Sidelined since Aug. 27 due to a right elbow strain, Gavin Floyd (9-10) struck
out seven, but gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings to
take the loss.
Already holding a 3-1 advantage, the Tigers padded their lead in the seventh.
Back-to-back two-out singles by Andy Dirks and Miguel Cabrera preceded
Fielder's 26th homer, which made it 6-1.
A pair of RBI doubles by Alex Avila and Austin Jackson in the eighth increased
the margin to 8-1, but Chicago made it interesting over the final two frames.
Joaquin Benoit relieved Brayan Villarreal in the eighth after he issued
consecutive one-out walks to Dan Johnson and Orlando Hudson. Alejandro De Aza
followed with a single, which brought home Johnson, before Youkilis lined a
three-run blast over the wall in left field and cut the deficit to 8-5.
Alex Rios started the ninth off Jose Valverde with a single to left field and
stole second before he crossed the plate two batters later on a groundout from
Johnson hit a two-out single to right field, but Valverde struck out Hudson to
end the game and notch his 30th save of the season.
Earlier, Youkilis smacked a one-out solo homer into the seats in left, which
opened the scoring, but the Tigers pushed three across in the fifth.
Floyd, who had retired 11 in a row heading into that frame, surrendered a
leadoff single to Brennan Boesch. He came home three batters later on Omar
Infante's groundout, then Austin Jackson and Cabrera added RBI base hits for a
3-1 Detroit advantage.
Floyd took over for scheduled starter Francisco Liriano ... Scherzer has 220
strikeouts this season. His teammate, Justin Verlander, is second in the AL
with 212 punchouts ... Detroit was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position,
while Chicago finished 2-for-4.
09/13 02:51:27 ET