White Sox fall out of first place with loss to Tigers
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 21, 2012 5:28PM
Chicago White Sox batter Alejandro De Aza reacts after striking out during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Saturday, July 21, 2012. In the background is Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Updated: July 21, 2012 7:53PM
DETROIT — Brennan Boesch hit a three-run homer against White Sox ace Chris Sale, and right-hander Rick Porcello held a slumping lineup to five singles in the Tigers’ 7-1 victory, dropping the Sox out of first place in the American League Central.
Before the game, the Sox acquired veteran right-hander Brett Myers in a trade for two minor-leaguers and a player to be named later, a move that should strengthen a bullpen that also welcomed the return of right-hander Jesse Crain from the disabled list.
Sale (11-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in a seven-inning, 90-pitch outing. All of the Tigers’ runs were scored with two outs. The Sox’ run came on a bloop single to right field by Dayan Viciedo.
The Tigers have won 12 of 14 while the Sox have lost four straight and six of their last eight. They fell out of first place for the first time since June 23.
Sale was 8-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his previous 10 starts. The five runs allowed matched his season high. He also gave up five to the Dodgers on June 15 in Los Angeles.
The Tigers tacked on two runs against Dylan Axelrod in the eighth. Austin Jackson, who hit a two-run double against Sale in the fifth to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead, drove in two more with a double against Axelrod.
Porcello (7-5) was replaced by Joaquin Benoit after giving up singles to Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza to start the ninth. Kevin Youkilis, who is hitless in his last 11 at-bats with five strikeouts, hit into a double play, and Adam Dunn struck out to end the game.