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White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Breakthroughs on the road

Offense takes advantage of still-injured Jordan Zimmermann to provide ample support for Jose Quintana

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*Jordan Zimmermann didn’t look right in his first start back from the disabled list, and the White Sox lineup seized the day. After getting one run from a bases-loaded-one-out situation in the first inning, Zimmermann was knocked out of the game with two outs of a five-run second inning, which featured home runs by Avisail Garcia (his third over his last three games) and Jose Abreu (his first since June 23).

*The White Sox indeed pounced on a wounded animal. After the game, the Tigers announced that Zimmermann would be undergoing an MRI for lat tightness.

*The Sox didn’t score again after the second, but it was all Jose Quintana needed. He gave up a leadoff homer to Ian Kinsler, which spoiled the quick 1-0 lead the Sox provided him. The five-spot held up, though, as Quintana limited the Tigers to three runs over 7⅓ innings. Detroit applied pressure in the seventh with three straight singles to start the inning, but a popout and two flyouts cut off the scoring after one run.

*Melky Cabrera also helped, as he chased down J.D. Martinez’s double with two outs in the first and teamed up with Tyler Saladino for a perfect relay home to cut down Nick Castellanos, who tried to score from first. It was the 13th outfield assist on a runner at home for the White Sox this season.

*Miguel Cabrera took Quintana deep on his 93rd and final pitch of the afternoon, but a rested Nate Jones and David Robertson faced the minimum over the remainder of the game for the hold and save.

*Quintana improved to 9-8, tying a career high in victories. His ERA rose to 2.93, but this time he could actually say he pitched to the score.

*The Sox improved to 1-11 on the road against the combination of Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City. By snapping their three-game losing streak, they also ended the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.

*Tim Anderson left the game after getting hit on the hand to start the game. He came around to score, but Carlos Sanchez eventually replayed him. X-rays were negative, but considering the luck rookies have had, I’m expecting this one to linger because baseball hates us.

*Adam Eaton batted third for the first time in White Sox career, going 2-for-4 behind Anderson and Melky Cabrera.

Record: 52-56 | Box score | Highlights