Scherzer (8-2), who had a 6.84 ERA over his last four turns, won
for the third time in as many starts against the White Sox this
season after walking three and striking out eight in his 113-pitch
outing. Miguel Cabrera drove in a pair with an infield single and
Bryan Holaday had a career-high three hits as the Tigers won for
only the seventh time in 23 games after opening the season with a
Chris Sale (5-1) fanned 10 over seven frames, but got saddled with
the loss despite yielding only one run on five hits. Alexei Ramirez
doubled in the fourth, Gordon Beckham doubled in theeighth and Adam
Dunn singled in the ninth to account for the onlythree hits Chicago
could muster against the Tigers’ ace.
Scherzer diffused the only two scoring threats he faced in
consecutive innings, forcing Beckham to fly out to end the third
following walks to Alejandro De Aza and Adam Eaton. He stranded two
more in scoring position in the fourth when Dayan Viciedo popped out
after Conor Gillaspie reached on an error to lead off the inning and
Ramirez moved him to third.
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Martinez made Chicago pay for its missed opportunities to lead off
the fifth, lifting a 2-1 slider over the middle of the plate a few
feet over the fence in left. The Tigers added a pair of runs during
an odd play with two outs in the eighth when Beckham fumbled the
ball on a barehanded attempt on Cabrera’s grounder near second base
and Holaday tacked on another score with an RBI single in the ninth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Martinez, who improved to 13-for-25 all-time against
Sale, recorded his 16th homer – matching the number of strikeouts he
has in 234 at-bats this season. … Scherzer is 8-1 with a 1.89 ERA
over his last 10 starts against Chicago. … The White Sox acquired OF
Matt Tuiasosopo from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations
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