The Tigers last night cut Chicago’s lead in the American League Central to two games with a desperately needed win, beating the White Sox 5-to-3. The victory snapped Detroit’s 4 game losing streak and gave them a split in the first two games of the key 4-game series in Chicago. The Tigers rediscovered their missing offense as Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot while Alex Avila and Andy Dirks each had RBI singles in the 10-hit attack. Detroit starter Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings to improve to 9-and-8. Jose Valverde nailed down his 29th save. The Tigers fell behind 2-to-0 when Fister gave up an early pair of solo homers but after issuing a one out walk in the third inning, he set down the next 14 batters in order. Jake Peavy suffered the loss for the White Sox.
The Tigers tonight send 15-game winning Max Scherzer to the mound against Gavin Floyd, who returns after being on the disabled list since August 26th with a right elbow strain. The Cubs season-high 4-game winning streak ended last night with a 1-to-0 loss at Houston.