Tigers Drop Critical Game to White Sox

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homers and drove in two runs each and the Chicago White Sox held off the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Saturday night.
First-place Chicago won its fourth straight game and stretched its lead to four games over Minnesota and 7 1/2 games over third-place Detroit in the A.L. Central.
Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez homered for the Tigers, who lost for the second straight night after winning four straight.
John Danks (8-4) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in six innings to improve to 5-0 in his last 11 starts. Bobby Jenks got three outs for his 21st save in 24 chances.
Justin Verlander (8-10) gave up seven runs and nine hits in four-plus innings and saw his six-game winning streak end. He is 2-7 with a 6.03 ERA against Chicago in his career, including 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA this season. Verlander had never lost 10 games in a season before this year.
The White Sox broke a 4-4 tie when they chased Verlander with three runs in the fifth. After A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single and Quentin walked, Dye's RBI single made it 5-4. Jim Thome followed with a run-scoring double and Nick Swisher made it 7-4 with a sacrifice fly.
Ordonez hit his 14th home run in the sixth.
A wild pitch with the bases loaded by Octavio Dotel in the seventh made it 7-6. He then struck out Carlos Guillen with runners on second and third to end the inning.
Sheffield gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with his two-out homer in the second. He drove Danks' 0-2 pitch over the fence in left-center for his eighth home run of the season and 488th of his career.
Chicago came back with four runs in the third. Orlando Cabrera led off with a double and scored when Pierzynski followed with a single. Quentin then hit his American League-leading 27th home run deep into the stands down the left-field line to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. Dye followed with his 23rd home run, his second in two days.
Dye's two-run homer with two out in the ninth on Friday gave Chicago a 6-5 win.
The Tigers tied it at 4 with three in the fourth. Two came in when White Sox' second baseman Alexei Ramirez threw the ball away on Ordonez's infield hit. Ordonez was credited with one RBI. The other scored on Sheffield's double play grounder.
The announced total of 45,280 tickets sold was the largest in Comerica Park history.


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