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White Sox top Tigers with big eighth inning

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DETROIT -- Maybe the Chicago White Sox intend to set the record straight with the Detroit Tigers this season.

Adam Dunn's tiebreaking two-run home run off All-Star Justin Verlander in the eighth inning Tuesday night plus a record-equaling six hits by Alex Rios, a pair of Dayan Viciedo home runs worth four scores and the outstanding pitching of starter Jose Quintana sparked Chicago to an 11-4 victory over Detroit in the first of 19 meetings between the teams this season.

More than three months of the season elapsed before the first meeting of the AL Central Division rivals due to the complexities of scheduling.

The score was tied 1-1 through seven innings until the last-place White Sox exploded for seven runs in the eighth. That may have served the first-place Tigers notice that this will be a different season from the previous two, in which Detroit went a combined 26-11 against Chicago.

"We haven't had one of those innings all year," manager Robin Ventura said. "That was a big hit by Adam. And Alex all night was outstanding. It's been rough for all of us."

"We've been going through some tough times," said Rios, whose sixth hit and fifth single to go with a triple, was the result of teammate Alexei Ramirez shielding first baseman Prince Fielder from seeing the ball in the ninth.

"I owe him a steak dinner," said Rios, the fifth White Sox player to get six hits in a nine-inning game.

Rios singled leading off the eighth against Verlander (9-6) and Dunn cranked a 3-2 fastball on a low liner into the right-field seats to give Chicago its first lead. Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie chased Verlander with singles and Viciedo greeted Al Alburquerque with a first-pitch home run to make it 6-1.

It was his seventh home run of the season; the sixth came off Verlander in the sixth inning.

Quintana had not won since May 27, going six June starts plus one in July without a decision. He checked Detroit on four hits over the first seven innings before giving up Torii Hunter's two-out single and then All-Star Miguel Cabrera's 29th home run of the year. Quintana (4-2) struck out seven.

"I'm really happy for Q," Dunn said. "He's pitched so good but we haven't been able to score runs for him. Or Chris Sale either."

Cabrera's home run total is the most by a Detroit player before the All-Star break.

Verlander's string of 12 scoreless innings spanning two starts came to an end with two outs in the sixth when Viciedo stroked his sixth home run of the season on a 3-1 fastball.

"It was a battle," Verlander said. "I was able to keep the first couple guys off the base paths to lead off the innings. I pitched pretty well until the eighth when two things kind of jumped up and bit me."

Detroit handed Verlander a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a solo home run by Matt Tuiasosopo. It was Tuiasosopo's fifth home run of the year in just 75 at-bats. He was in his second game off the disabled list.

Verlander didn't have a single 1-2-3 inning.

"It just wasn't crisp," he said. "One of those days that happens at this level and this time of year. I felt good but wasn't able to execute there in the eighth. It's one of those things where, as a pitcher at the major-league level, you're not going to have your best stuff every time out so you need to be able to compensate for that. I felt I was able to pitch pretty well up until the eighth."

NOTES: Chicago 2B Gordon Beckham returned to the eighth spot in Ventura's batting order after a two-game tryout at hitting second. Ramirez was back hitting second. ... Detroit 2B Omar Infante was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 4. The Tigers called up 2B Hernan Perez from Double-A Erie, and he started. ... White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (left rib fracture) threw 76 pitches Tuesday at Comerica Park in four simulated innings, and he has a rehab start scheduled for Sunday with Double-A Birmingham. ... Cabrera opted out of the Home Run Derby held in conjunction with the All-Star Game in New York to give his sore back a day off.
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