How it happened: A 29-minute delay at the outset was the only thing keeping the White Sox in this one, as the Tigers emerged with a six-run first inning off Hector Noesi. The Tigers sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening frame. A day after the White Sox offense scored 11 runs against the Tigers, Chicago batters were held to seven hits against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Adam Dunn hit a home run -- his 17th -- in the ninth inning.
What it means: So much for trying to sneak up on the .500 mark. The White Sox were aiming to move two games under .500 for the first time since June 18, when they were 35-37. Now, they stand at 52-56 after winning four times in their past six games and seven times in their past 12.
Outside the box: Jose Abreu managed to make even more noise Wednesday by extending his hitting streak to 19 games. It is tied for the third-longest hitting streak by a White Sox rookie behind the 26 games from Guy Curtright in 1943 and the 24 from Chico Carrasquel in 1950. Abreu has a hit in 37 of his past 38 games, going 0-for-4 in a July 5 contest against the Seattle Mariners.
Offbeat: It might have been an awful first inning for Noesi, but the White Sox starter could not have had an easier fourth inning. The White Sox right-hander needed just three pitches to get out of the fourth, and he even gave up a hit in the process. Miguel Cabrera singled, Victor Martinez grounded into a double play and Torii Hunter lined out. Noesi gave up one run on four hits over his last four innings of work.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (9-6, 4.40 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the series finale. The Tigers will counter with left-hander Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.77) in the 12:08 p.m. CT start from Comerica Park.