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Tigers 4, White Sox 1: Bats can't solve Kyle Lobstein

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Offense goes dormant after fourth inning, and Jose Quintana wears the loss

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Bullet point recap with standard watched-at-work caveats:

*Jose Quintana suffered another loss chiefly due to lack of support. The Tigers extracted two runs from him on non-hits -- a first-inning wild pitch, and a groundout in the fifth inning that might've been an inning-ending double play had the ball not kicked on Gordon Beckham at an unnatural angle.

*But the Tigers also extracted 107 pitches from Quintana over five innings thanks to a lot of drawn-out at-bats.

*Kyle Lobstein is Tommy Milone in "The Bruce Chen Story," as he allowed just one unearned run on five hits and two walks over 7⅔ innings. He only struck out three, but he induced 14 groundouts, including two double plays.

*The Sox only made Lobstein uncomfortable in the fourth. Melky Cabrera reached when he evaded Miguel Cabrera tag on Ian Kinsler's wide, lackadaisical throw. Jose Abreu first-to-thirded him with a single, Avisail Garcia did the same with Abreu to tie the game at 1. Adam LaRoche drew a tough walk to load the bases with still nobody out.

As you might guess from the headline, they didn't score anything else. Alexei Ramirez hit a shot to third, but Nick Castellanos handled it easily and started a 5-2 double play. Then Gordon Beckham hit a hard grounder to the right side, but Miguel Cabrera picked it and ran it to the bag to end the inning.

*Needing to cover four innings, Robin Ventura had Dan Jennings out there for an unusually long time. The apparent goal was two innings, but Jennings could only get five outs, throwing a season-high 38 pitches. Then again, four of them came on intentional walks, neither one of which worked, as they were both followed up by RBI singles.

*The first one wasn't an awful thought -- Miguel Cabrera with a runner on second and nobody out -- but Victor Martinez backed him up with an RBI single. The second one to J.D. Martinez, who is the middle of a 0-for-23 slump, was harder to swallow, and  Castellanos cashed in a run with a base hit.

*Then again, there wouldn't have been a need for an IBB had Adam Eaton not airmailed third base in a vain attempt to get Miguel Cabrera, who tagged from second to third on a deep flyout to center. Hit the cutoff man, and the double play is still in order.

*Besides, the White Sox went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position, with nobody getting as far as second base after the fourth-inning rally short-circuited.

*Micah Johnson triggered flashbacks from Wednesday night when he reached on an infield single to start the eighth, but Eaton bounced into 4-6-3 double play to kill it. Eaton had a rough day in all facets, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and that non-error error.

*Brad Ausmus took no chances with his bullpen, going to Joakim Soria for the four-out save. He struck out all four he faced.

*The Sox are now 2-1 in their 1983 uniforms. Burn 'em.

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