Despite yet another valiant effort from the lineup, it was too tall a task.
Gonzalez didn't have much tonight. He hung his off-speed pitches early, after which he missed the plate in his attempt to avoid the middle of it. He wasn't immediately ambushed like James Shields. Instead, the Detroit offense gradually increased the weight by scoring one in the first, two in the second, three in the third and fourth in the fourth.
The end result? A worse start, as Gonzalez was knocked out after 3⅓ innings, having allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks (one intentional).
That forced Robin Ventura to use his lesser relievers. Matt Purke allowed three of his own runs after an inherited runner scored in the fourth, but he settled down to throw two scoreless innings afterward to get the game on track. Michael Ynoa followed with a successful debut, posting two zeroes and pitching around two walks with two strikeouts.
The front end of the bullpen achieved its primary task of saving the higher-leverage guys to fight another day, but they ended up pushing the game just far enough out of reach for the suddenly feisty White Sox offense, which again had its moments.
Five different White Sox had two-hit nights, including the new top of the order of Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton. They combined to put the Sox up 2-1 after one with their speed. Anderson greeted Jordan Zimmermann with a leadoff double, and he came around to score when Mike Aviles threw Eaton's bunt into right field foul territory. Eaton then scored two flies later, on a Jose Abreu flyout and a Melky Cabrera sac fly (thanks to a great slide by Eaton).
The Sox tried a similar approach their next time through the order with less success. Anderson doubled with one out in the third and made it to third when J.D. Martinez couldn't pick up the ball cleanly. But Eaton's bunt attempt didn't get past Zimmermann, who made a great play by throwing home to catch Anderson. That stunted the fourth inning, and by the next time the Sox could score, they trailed 10-2.
The bottom of the order stood up for itself, at least. J.B. Shuck picked up where he left off with an RBI single and a double, and Tyler Saladino had a four-RBI night, which included a two-run homer in the ninth off Mark Lowe, which might've made the Tigers a little nervous.
*Avisail Garcia had one of those two-hit nights, but he misplayed another ball, this time a Miguel Cabrera fly that turned into a ground-rule double and set up Detroit's three-run third.
*The Tigers had nine extra-base hits -- seven doubles and two triples.
*It wasn't a banner night for the umpires, who had three calls overturned.