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Verlander tops White Sox in opener of doubleheader

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[July 25, 2009]  DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander allowed one unearned run in a six-hitter as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 in the first game of Friday's day-night doubleheader.

Verlander (11-5) struggled with his control early, walking four batters in the first five innings. But he didn't allow a hit after the fourth until the White Sox, coming off Mark Buehrle's perfect game Thursday, started the ninth with three singles. Verlander struck out four.

Jose Contreras (4-9) took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Chicago left the bases loaded in the second and stranded two more runners in the third.

[Associated Press]

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