How it happened: The White Sox broke open a close game in the seventh inning by sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs. The White Sox scored their most runs since delivering 16 on April 20. Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit home runs in the seventh inning, while Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run triple. Abreu had three hits and tied a season-high 18-game hitting streak. White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings.
What it means: Abreu drove in four runs to move him past the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera for the major league lead in RBIs with 83. He also has a hit in 36 of his last 37 games, which means he had an 18-game hitting streak, followed by a hitless game on July 5 against the Seattle Mariners before starting another 18-game streak the next day. The only White Sox player ever to record two hit streaks of at least 18 games was Eddie Collins (21 and 22 games) in 1920. His 31 home runs are the most from a rookie since Chris Young (32) and Ryan Braun (34) in 2007.
Outside the box: It’s unsure if Quintana knows what it feels like not to have to sweat out the completion of one of his starts. The king of the no-decision has received two runs or less of support in each of his last five starts and 15 times this season. His 36 no-decisions since 2012 are the most in baseball and his 3.91 run-support average over that time is third-lowest in the AL.
Offbeat: When Abreu and Dunn both went deep in the seventh inning, it was just the second time all season the White Sox had hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. The only other time it happened was when Ramirez and Avisail Garcia did it in April. They also were the first two home runs given up all season by Tigers reliever Joakim Soria, who was acquired from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (5-6, 4.37 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Max Scherzer (12-3, 3.37) in the 6:08 p.m. CST start from Comerica Park.