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CHICAGO -- Reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out seven through six shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 to complete a two-game series sweep on Wednesday.

Scherzer (3-1) earned his second win over the White Sox in five days while the Tigers won their second straight and fourth in five games.

Catcher Bryan Holaday went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and run scored while designated hitter Miguel Cabrera and second baseman Ian Kinsler each had two hits as Detroit used a four-run fourth to take command.

White Sox right hander Hector Noesi (0-2) suffered the loss in his longest outing and first start of the season. He allowed four earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out two.

The Tigers opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth as right fielder Torii Hunter doubled to deep center to lead off, reached third on Cabrera's base hit and scored on first baseman Victor Martinez's sacrifice to center.

Left fielder J.D. Martinez then doubled to deep left and Noesi walked center fielder Austin Jackson to load the bases. Third baseman Nick Castellanos delivered a sacrifice fly to left to score Cabrera.

Victor Martinez and Jackson then scored on catcher Bryan Holaday's double to left, forcing Noesi's departure in favor of right-hander Jake Petricka who was appearing for the second straight day.

Scherzer threw 105 pitches in his six-inning outing, giving up four hits and walking three as he improved to 10-5 against the White Sox. It was his fifth game with at least seven strikeouts. Four on Wednesday came with runners in scoring position through first four innings.

While Sox right-hander Maikel Cleto loaded the bases in the ninth with none out. Right-hander Daniel Webb came in and struck out Hunter and Cabrera but walked Victor Martinez to force in Holaday.

Tigers right-handers Al Alburquerque (seventh) and Joba Chamberlain (eighth) worked back-to-back scoreless innings. Evan Reed gave up a two-out RBI single to Tyler Flowers, who drove home Dayan Viciedo to break the shutout.

NOTES: Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the White Sox was the Tigers' 10th come-from-behind win of the season. ... RHP Joe Nathan came into Wednesday's game with 346 career saves, one away from tying Randy Myers for ninth on the major league's all-time list. ... DH Miguel Cabrera now has 1,179 hits, three away from tying Pete Fox for 21st in franchise history. ... C Alex Avila was sidelined for the second straight games with back spasms. He was pulled before the start of Tuesday's game and manager Brad Ausmus said he preferred to give Avila extra rest including Thursday's off-day. ... RHP Rick Porcello (3-1, 3.96) faces Royals RHP James Shields (3-2, 2.03 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series Friday in Kansas City. ... White Sox LHP Chris Sale may need a rehab start as his recovery from a flexor muscle strain continues. Sale, on the 15-day disabled list. was originally set to return to the team on Saturday in Cleveland. RHP Scott Carroll is now tentatively set to pitch. ... SS Alexi Ramirez' fourth-inning single to right set an all-time White Sox record with 40 hits in the season's first month. 1B/DH Paul Konerko had the previous record of 39 hits established in 2002. ... LHP John Danks (2-1, 3.48 ERA) meets Indians RHP Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04 ERA) in Friday's opener of a three-game series.
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