DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer as part of a five-hit, seven-RBI game at his old home ballpark, pacing a 25-hit White Sox attack for a 17-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.Yoan Moncada added a solo homer as part of a four-hit game
DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer as part of a five-hit, seven-RBI game at his old home ballpark, pacing a 25-hit White Sox attack for a 17-7 win over the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Yoan Moncada added a solo homer as part of a four-hit game for the Sox, who picked up their fifth win in their last six games to close within a game of Detroit in the American League Central standings.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Moncada is beginning to feel more comfortable in a Major League setting after taking time to soak things in upon making his White Sox debut in mid-July.
"It's starting to happen," Renteria said. "At the plate, it's happening a little more. He's starting to feel freer on the bases."
Moncada's fifth home run of the year sparked a four-hit, two-run opening inning off Tigers starter Chad Bell (0-3) before four-run surges in the fourth and sixth innings put the Sox in front for good. Garcia, who began his career in Detroit in 2012 before being traded to the White Sox a year later, singled in two runs in the fourth before hitting an opposite-field drive to right off Jeff Ferrell -- his fifth at Comerica Park since the start of last season -- and RBI singles off Joe Jimenez in the seventh and Victor Alcantara in the eighth.
"When our offense scores seven runs, we should win the game. No doubt," Bell said. "Gotta keep working, and just get better."
Garcia's five-hit, seven-RBI game is the first by a White Sox player since Carl Reynolds on July 2, 1930. Their 21 singles Thursday tied a franchise record for the White Sox, and marked the second-most allowed by the Tigers in their history.
Garcia said it was special to have his career day in Detroit against the team that gave him his first shot at the big leagues.
"It was good. I like to come here and see my [old] teammates," Garcia said. "I feel comfortable coming here and playing the game here."
James Shields (4-6) allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings, including home runs to Jose Cabrera, Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario, but he struck out seven for his second straight win. The veteran right-hander improved to 6-1 lifetime at Comerica Park. Ian Kinsler added a solo homer in the ninth, his 18th of the season.
• Candelario taking advantage of opportunity
"He's certainly a little funky, creates a little deception, and his breaking ball's moving a little different direction than normal," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But I didn't think we swung the bats badly off of him."
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Running out a rally: The White Sox ran the bases with aggressiveness all afternoon, going first to third on singles six times in the first seven innings. They did it twice in their go-ahead rally in the fourth, setting up Garcia's two-run single up the middle after Tim Anderson's bouncer near the same spot plated two earlier in the inning.
Cabrera, Castellanos go back-to-back: Cabrera hadn't homered at Comerica Park since July 28, but he has a history of homers off Shields. A Shields cutter low and in was enough for Cabrera to extend his arms and pull it on a line over the left-field fence for a third-inning solo shot. Five pitches later, Castellanos turned on a curveball and sent it out to left, tying the game at 2.
"I think the results validate your work, your routine, your approach, and I've been sticking with it. And right now we can see the results." -- Moncada, on sticking with his approach after slow start in July and August
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The 25 White Sox hits mark their highest total in a game since they churned out 26 against the Orioles on April 23, 1981.
Cabrera's 462nd career home run tied him with former White Sox slugger Adam Dunn and Jose Canseco for 35th on the Major League all-time list.
For the second time this month, the squishy top of the left-field fence at Comerica Park came into play on a potential home run. Nearly two weeks after a ball bounced twice off the top of the fence before Michael Mahtook inadvertently knocked it over, Jose Iglesias hit a drive that bounced off the top and stayed in. A crew-chief review upheld the original call of an RBI double.
White Sox:Carson Fulmer (2-1, 6.00 ERA) take the mound Friday looking to build off the best start of his young career. Fulmer allowed one run on three hits across six innings in his win against the Giants on Sunday, racking up nine strikeouts along the way. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT.
Tigers:Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.43 ERA) gets the start Friday as the series continues with a 7:10 p.m. ET start at Comerica Park. It'll be Sanchez's first start against the White Sox since Sept. 7, 2016.
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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.
Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Thursday.