Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Conor Gillaspie's two-run double highlighted
a big sixth inning for Chicago as the White Sox grabbed an 8-2 victory over
the Detroit Tigers in the second of a rain-shortened three-game set.
Gordon Beckham had a two-run single in the inning, and Jose Abreu hit a home
run earlier in the game and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the White Sox , who have won the first two games of this series.
"We show up to play and we don't expect everything," said Beckham. "We don't
expect to win the division tomorrow, but we just want to do our thing and
we're getting some wins right now."
John Danks (5-5) gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and four
strikeouts over seven innings to win his second straight start.
Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter each drove in a run for the Tigers, who have lost
three straight and eight of their last 10.
Justin Verlander (6-6) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in just 5 2/3
innings to lose his second straight start.
"There's nothing in particular that concerns me with Justin that I can tell
you, but we've got to find a way to fix him," said Detroit manager Brad
Tuesday's game had been rained out, with no make-up date yet announced. Both
starters on Wednesday were scheduled to pitch Tuesday's game.
The game was tied in the sixth inning when the White Sox exploded for seven
It appeared the Tigers were going to get away with little damage as the team
turned a double play on a Dayan Viciedo ground ball after the first three
batters reached base with singles. The double play scored a run, but Alejandro
De Aza followed with a single to plate another run.
The next two batters walked, and Beckham singled in two more to bring out Ian
Krol in relief of Verlander.
Gillaspie greeted Krol with a double to score two more runs, and he came home
on an Adam Dunn single for an 8-1 lead.
Detroit got a run back in the seventh on a Davis double that plated Eugenio
Abreu's leadoff homer in the second got the White Sox n the board, but the
Tigers tied the game in the fourth on a run-scoring groundout from Hunter.
Each team has won four games in the series this season ... Verlander fell to
5-8 in 16 career starts at U.S. Cellular Field ... Danks moved to 6-10 in his
career against the Tigers ... Both teams left 10 men on base, but Chicago was
5-for-13 with runners in scoring position, while Detroit was 0-for-8.