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DETROIT -- The White Sox took advantage of a pair of Nicholas Castellanos errors in the eighth inning and got a go-ahead, two-run single from Geovany Soto for their fifth straight win, a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The win moved the White Sox into first place in the American League Central. The Tigers have lost three in a row.

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DETROIT -- The White Sox took advantage of a pair of Nicholas Castellanos errors in the eighth inning and got a go-ahead, two-run single from Geovany Soto for their fifth straight win, a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The win moved the White Sox into first place in the American League Central. The Tigers have lost three in a row.

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Castellanos, who already had an error on a sixth-inning chopper, couldn't handle a pair of potential double-play grounders after Melky Cabrera's leadoff single in the eighth. Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia, both of whom homered in the second inning, reached to load the bases with nobody out. Matt Davidson hit into a double play at the plate, but after a Yolmer Sanchez intentional walk, Soto laced the first pitch he saw from Alex Wilson into left field.

Video: CWS@DET: Soto smacks go-ahead two-run single in 8th

Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth off Joe Jimenez.

Video: CWS@DET: Anderson crushes a two-run homer in the 9th

"You can't give guys extra outs, extra at-bats," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "And that's what hurt us."

"Overall, pretty good team win," said White Sox starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who was released by the Tigers during Spring Training. "Obviously, the bullpen came in and did a great job, something they've been doing all year. They obviously kept it up, it was fun to watch, offense obviously did their part."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Frazier, Garcia go back-to-back: Matthew Boyd took the mound for the second inning with a 2-0 lead before a pair of tape-measure drives by the White Sox erased it in three pitches. Frazier's leadoff drive to left field registered at 430 feet according to Statcast™. Garcia topped that on Boyd's next offering with a 448-foot launch off the top of the shrubs near the flagpole in left-center field. Those rank as two of the five longest home runs hit by the White Sox this season.

"They just ambushed two fastballs," catcher Alex Avila said. "One was a 1-0 fastball with nobody on and the first pitch of the at-bat. Once we started mixing in quite a bit of off-speed pitches early in the at-bats the rest of the game, that kept them off the fastball and then we were able to get back to the fastball later in the game to get some outs."

"When we give up a couple of runs, we have to come back and get a couple and we did that," Frazier said. "It gets a little more excitement back in the dugout. We stuck with it. It was another big win for the White Sox."

Pelfrey limits the damage: Pelfrey's outing wasn't pretty in his return to Comerica Park to face the squad that released him in Spring Training, but he avoided a potentially bad situation in a two-run first inning with help from a bases-loaded double play. Jim Adduci, the Tigers' sudden offensive sensation, hit a 2-0 pitch hard but started a 5-6-3 double play to end Detroit's opening rally.

Video: CWS@DET: Pelfrey induces 5-6-3 DP to get out of jam

"It's always a little weird any time you have to play against former teammates," Pelfrey said. "I just try to keep my hat down and not look at them, and try not to make too much eye contact and focus."

QUOTABLE
"I thought it was a complete team victory." -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria, on his team's series-opening victory.

Video: CWS@DET: A. Garcia makes sliding catch for final out

"Of course it's disappointing. But what're you going to do about it? It happened." -- Castellanos, on three-error game

NO RISP, NO REWARD
White Sox pitchers have limited opponents to a Major League low .167 average (25-for-150) with runners in scoring position, including nine games where they have not allowed a hit.

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Castellanos is the fifth Tiger to post a three-error game in the last 20 years, according to STATS. The last was Ryan Raburn, who committed three errors against the Royals on Aug. 16, 2009.

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Derek Holland (2-2, 1.99) makes his fifth start of the season and first against the Tigers in a game scheduled for a 12:10 p.m. CT first pitch on Saturday. Holland's two victories this season have both come within the AL Central against Cleveland.

Tigers: Michael Fulmer (2-1, 2.88) will face the White Sox for the first time this season after two no-decisions in two quality starts last year. Chicago was the only AL Central opponent Fulmer didn't beat during his Rookie of the Year Award-winning season.

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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 listen to his podcast.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.