Tigers 6, White Sox 2

Brian Hedger, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers didn't have Miguel Cabrera on Tuesday night, and it didn't matter.
The Tigers beat the struggling Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field for the second straight night, winning 6-2 with the reigning American League MVP watching from the dugout.
While Cabrera deals with a hip flexor injury that occurred in Monday's victory, Cabrera's teammates just kept rolling behind another standout pitching performance. A day earlier it was All-Star Max Scherzer picking up the win in a much anticipated pitching matchup against Sox ace Chris Sale. This time it was Rick Porcello putting up zeros on the scoreboard.
Despite walking a season-high three and striking out only one, Porcello (7-6) threw seven scoreless innings. He scattered four hits and threw an efficient 93 pitches (52 for strikes) to pick up the win. He was also backed by Tigers hitters, who scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth for a commanding 6-0 lead.
Detroit's attack was aided by Chicago's season-high four errors, which helped spoil White Sox starter Hector Santiago's outing. Santiago (3-6) allowed six runs in six innings, but only half of them were earned.
Santiago struck out six but also walked five and gave five hits -- including a solo homer by Jhonny Peralta in the sixth. Rookie Hernan Perez also tripled off Santiago that inning and scored on an error by left fielder Dayan Viciedo.
Peralta went 2-for-4 with the home run and two runs, while Perez went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs.
Paul Konerko hit a two-run double in the ninth for the Sox, and Conor Gillaspie finished 2-for-4.
The first-place Tigers (55-44) have won 12 of their past 18 games since dropping six of 10 between June 21 to July 1. Chicago (39-58) dropped 15 games back of Detroit in the American League Central and looked bad in the process with all the walks and errors.
Detroit surged ahead 3-0 in the fourth on two hits, an error and two walks -- which Santiago issued back-to-back to the seventh and eighth hitters in the Tigers' order to score the second run. Victor Martinez also doubled down the line in left to set up Peralta's RBI single for the first run.
Porcello got into a tough spot in the first when he loaded the bases with two outs by walking Adam Dunn and Konerko back-to-back. He escaped by getting an inning-ending groundout to prevent a run from scoring.
Just as impressive was the way Porcello wriggled out of another jam in the fifth, after issuing his third walk of the game in the fifth to put runners at first and second with nobody out. He first got Josh Phegley to ground into a double play before Alejandro De Aza grounded weakly to first to close it out with a runner stranded on third.
NOTES: White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the top of the first inning arguing a baserunner interference call against Dunn, his first early exit of the season and Chicago's second ejection of a coach this season. ... White Sox RHP Jesse Crain threw off a mound for the first time since being put on the disabled list July 3 with a shoulder strain. Crain threw 33 pitches, a mix of fastballs and changeups, and is tentatively scheduled to throw another side session on Thursday. If all goes as planned, Crain might be able to pitch in a game again as soon as this weekend. ... Chicago 2B Gordon Beckham missed his third straight game with a sprained wrist and might be headed for the DL if it does not improve soon. ... Sale apologized to Ventura for his heated reaction Monday night to being instructed to intentionally walk Cabrera. ... There is no timetable for Cabrera's potential return, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland did not update Cabrera's status. ... The Tigers are close to getting 2B Omar Infante (ankle) back from the DL. He might go on a rehab assignment with low Class A West Michigan on Wednesday and be ready to return by the weekend. ... Detroit LHP Darin Downs (rotator cuff tendinitis) is also getting close to going on a rehab assignment.

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