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White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Josh Phegley's grand slam puts Chris Sale back in win column

Best offensive series of the season allows Sox to take two of three in Detroit

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

I had one eye and ear on this game at work, following parts of it on, while relying on the radio and Twitter for the rest. Let me know if I missed anything.

*Josh Phegley caught Chris Sale for the first time, and he put the "bat" in "batterymates 4eva " when he hit a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez in the sixth inning that gave Sale a 5-3 lead. Five runs for Sale!

*Sale made it hold up with a functional performance in victory. The Tigers gave him a hard time as they usually do -- 10 hits and two walks over 6⅔ innings, and he needed another strong defensive game to save him a couple runs. However, he still managed to limit the damage to three runs, and picked up his first win against Detroit as a starter after going 0-3 last year. It was also Sale's first win against anybody since May 17.

*A couple of the web gems -- Jeff Keppinger starting and finishing a 3-6-3 double play and Dayan Viciedo showing off the Dayan Cannon to cut down Victor Martinez at the plate, when Martinez was more than halfway down the line. Conor Gillaspie had a shot at a triple play when Jhonny Peralta took him to the bag with a bouncer, but he settled for two.

*A triple play might've been worth the chance, because Matt Tuiasosopo hit an opposite-field home run off Sale to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Miguel Cabrera also took a Sale breaking ball the opposite way. For all the hits Sale allowed, the runs only scored when putting the ball over the fence.

*Pissed Sale emerged after Cabrera's homer in the fifth, and the Tigers were none too happy about it. Sale's first pitch to Prince Fielder came uncomfortably close to a beanball.

*Two batters after Phegley hit a 3-2 changeup over the left-field wall to give the Sox the lead, the Tigers retaliated. Luke Putkonen got Alejandro De Aza to fly out, bringing Alexei Ramirez to the plate. With two down and the bases empty, Putkonen threw his first pitch behind Ramirez, hip-high. Ramirez avoided it, but he made Putkonen know he didn't care for it. Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild didn't care for it either, as he ejected Putkonen.

*After the benches cleared, Fairchild also ejected Leyland, who got his money's worth protesting the ejection.

*The game proceeded without incident afterward, thanks in large part to the White Sox bullpen. Matt Lindstrom took the ball from Sale after 122 pitches and finished the seventh in a batter. Matt Thornton pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Reed followed suit in the ninth for his 23rd save.

*De Aza bookended the game with runs. He tacked on a run with a solo shot off Phil Coke in the ninth, after scoring the game's first run on a hit-and-run double with Ramirez.

*Ramirez singled after getting thrown at, but leg cramps forced him out of the game. He was replaced by Brent Morel as a pinch runner, and Gordon Beckham finished the game at short.

Record: 36-53 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights