CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 6-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
How it happened: After squandering their first 10 chances with runners in scoring position, the White Sox finally broke through in the sixth inning. Trailing 1-0, Alex Rios drove a three-run homer into the left-field stands. A.J. Pierzynski stepped to the plate next and hit his 26th homer to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Gordon Beckham later added a two-run homer in the eighth inning. The run support was more than enough for White Sox starter Jose Quintana, who struggled in the first two innings, allowing five hits, but he bounced back and gave up just two more hits in the next 5 2/3 innings. He retired 16 of the final 18 hitters he faced. The meat of the Tigers’ lineup struggled again on Monday. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young went a combined 2 for 12.
What it means: The White Sox gained a game on the Tigers and now lead by three games in the American League Central. The win also snapped the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak over the White Sox.
Outside the box: The White Sox improved to one game over .500 in the American League Central with Monday’s win. They’re now 29-28. They have won four times in their last 15 games in the division.