After letting Monday’s opener get away from them in typical Tigers fashion, Detroit overcame an early two run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 from U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night.
Dewayne Wise and Gordan Beckham each had early home runs giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead up until the fifth inning when Detroit finally got the bats going to take a 3-2 lead.
In that inning Austin Jackson hit a two run home run to tie the game at two a piece before Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with his solo shot to center field. And unlike Monday night, the Tigers were able to provide their starting pitcher with some offensive support and actually preserve the win.
Fister, whose been very reliable as of late went seven strong innings allowing only two runs on two hits while striking out six. He earned his 9th win of the season and got himself above the .500 mark after dealing with on and off injuries all season.
Meanwhile White Sox starter Jake Peavy lasted only 5 and 2/3rds innings before being yanked after the Cabrera home run.
Avila and Andy Dirks accounted for the other two Tigers RBIs as Detroit took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th. However Chicago made Detroit fans sweat it out a little more when Joaquin Benoit surrendered three hits and a run in the home half of the 8th as the White Sox cut into the Detroit lead 5-3.
Jose Valverde though was able to come in during the 9th and earn his 29th save of the season.
With the win the Tigers are now two back of the White Sox for the lead in the AL Central despite leading the season series 11 games to 5. Detroit will have a chance to tie the White Sox for tops in the division with two games left in the final series between these two teams.
h/t: Associated Press