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Tigers rake, withstand White Sox rally

June 15, 2016

CHICAGO -- The second game of this three-game set between the Tigers and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field played out very much like Game 1. Detroit pounced on Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez, built up an eight-run lead and the Sox then staged a furious comeback.There was one difference: the

CHICAGO -- The second game of this three-game set between the Tigers and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field played out very much like Game 1. Detroit pounced on Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez, built up an eight-run lead and the Sox then staged a furious comeback.
There was one difference: the White Sox didn't complete this comeback as they did on Monday, with the Tigers claiming an 11-8 victory. Chicago fell back under .500 and is 2-12 over its past 14 games within the American League Central and 9-23 overall in their last 32. Detroit improved to 33-31 and moved within two games of the first-place Indians.
"It was eerily similar," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Thankfully a different result."
Gonzalez gave up seven runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking four. The Tigers scored one in the first, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. J.D. Martinez reached base five times and scored three times, Miguel Cabrera reached base five times and scored twice and Justin Upton drove in four. White Sox starting pitchers have worked 8 1/3 innings in the first two games against the Tigers, giving up 13 earned runs on 17 hits, while walking eight and striking out four.
"When I was ahead, I couldn't finish hitters. It was pretty frustrating," Gonzalez said. "First couple innings, you try and set the tone, and early in the game, it didn't happen. The ball was up, I made mistakes and they capitalized. That can happen."
Jordan Zimmermann earned the victory, battling through a shaky outing to last seven innings and help save Detroit's bullpen. Zimmermann yielded four earned runs on eight hits.
"It was kind of a weird game," Zimmermann said. "They gave me some runs early, but long innings. It takes a toll, the heat and all that. I don't want to make any excuses, but those long innings kill pitchers, and [my] command just wasn't there all night."
Michael Ynoa made his Major League debut for the White Sox, working two scoreless innings and striking out two.
No trouble with doubles: Martinez recorded his sixth consecutive multihit game, going 3-for-3 with three doubles and two walks. Martinez, who is 14-for-23 in this stretch, contributed to the Tigers hitting a season-high seven doubles.

"[Martinez is] so strong, he just has to put the barrel on the ball," Upton said. "He's figured that out. He's figured out once he puts the barrel on the ball, it's going to do damage."
Rookie on a roll:Tim Anderson knocked out two doubles and scored a run out of the leadoff spot. Since joining the White Sox, the rookie has three extra-base hits among his five hits overall.

Rally on the two: Zimmermann retired Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie on grounders back to the mound to start the fourth, but then the rally began for the White Sox. Alex Avila walked, and Avisail Garcia, J.B. Shuck and Tyler Saladino singled to score three runs and cut a 10-2 deficit to five runs. Saladino launched a two-run homer in the ninth, giving him four RBIs for the night.

"You saw what we can do, we battled the whole way through," Saladino said. "That's what you've gotta do and just didn't come out on top."
Jose is hot:Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the most by any Tigers player this season and the longest active streak in the Majors. Iglesias doubled and later scored in the first inning to set the pace for another big offensive night for Detroit.
"The good news is we had some offense. The bad news is we couldn't stop their offense." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura
A replay review overturned a call in the fifth when Andrew Romine attempted to steal second and was originally called out. After a two-minute review, the call was overturned, with replay angles showing Romine slid under Lawrie's tag at second.

With one out in the eighth, Lawrie hit a grounder to shortstop Iglesias that originally was ruled an inning-ending double play. Ventura used his manager's challenge and the call was quickly overturned, with Lawrie being ruled safe at first.

Another overturned call helped the Tigers score a run with two outs in ninth. Iglesias hit a slow grounder to first base and dove headfirst for the bag on a close play as Jose Abreu dove to apply the tag. Iglesias was initially called out, but the ruling was overturned after a one-minute, 36-second review showed Abreu missed the tag. Ian Kinsler scored from third on the play.

Tigers: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey will start the series finale against the White Sox on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET. Pelfrey is 1-6 this season, with his only win coming June 3 when he went six innings and gave up two runs against the White Sox.
White Sox:Chris Sale (10-2, ,2.87 ERA) goes for his second straight victory after a stretch of three straight trips to the mound where he came up empty. Sale has a 6-6 mark with a 3.26 ERA lifetime against the Tigers.
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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for based in Chicago.