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Tigers 7, White Sox 3: Rough 4th inning snaps Sox streak

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Detroit beats up Miguel Gonzalez as he allows a career high 14 hits in six innings.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Despite the loss, Jose Abreu in six consecutive games recorded multiple hits.
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The game started well for Chicago as they were trying to extend their winning streak to seven games today. Jose Abreu continued to flash more power in his swing with a RBI triple in the first inning to start the scoring. After Justin Upton's long home run in the second inning to tie the game, it was a stalemate heading into the bottom of the fourth.

White Sox starter, Miguel Gonzalez, had turned in masterful performance his previous two outings. Unfortunately, he didn't have the same command of his pitch arsenal, and the Tigers made him pay second time through the order. Gonzalez allowed four straight hits to start the inning, and after recording the first out Detroit had already scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead. Tim Anderson didn't help matters after he committed an error on a Ian Kinsler grounder. With two outs, Nick Castellanos pounced on that opportunity driving in John Hicks with a single, and the Tigers were well ahead 5-1.

Melky Cabrera cut the lead with a two-out RBI single, to make it 5-2 in the top half of the fifth inning. However, Detroit tacked on two more runs as Jose Iglesias hit a two RBI double, and the Tigers had the game in hand, 7-2. Todd Frazier hit his third home run in the sixth inning to complete the afternoon's scoring.

Even though Gonzalez wasn't good today, His final line was 6 IP 14 H (career high) 7 R 6 ER 1 BB 1 K on 101 pitches. It was remarkable how he managed to pitch six innings and help save the Sox bullpen. Which is key as the Sox still have seven games remaining on this roadtrip. Chris Beck wasn't sharp, but he did pitch two scoreless innings to help carry the load.

Game Notes

  • Avisail Garcia left in the sixth inning due to groin tightness. He is day-to-day.
  • Jose Abreu has a six-game multi-hit streak going, which is a great sign after his very slow start.
  • Todd Frazier is on a seven-game hitting streak. During that span he is 8-for-27 with four doubles, two home runs, and nine RBI. He has a six-game RBI streak going, too.
  • Cleveland beat Seattle today, so that puts the Indians a half game ahead of the White Sox for first place in the AL Central.

Record: 13-10 | Box Score | Play-by-Play | Video