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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Tigers 3

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox pulled within 3 1/2 games of first place in the AL Central with a 6-3 victory Monday over the Detroit Tigers.

How it happened: Despite allowing 10 hits, Mark Buehrle held the Tigers in check by not giving up an earned run. Carlos Quentin delivered the big blow with a two-run, bases-loaded single in a three-run fifth inning. Paul Konerko hit his 23rd home run. Two pop flies dropped between the infield and outfield to give the Tigers two runs in the third inning. Adam Dunn worked a key walk before Quentin’s double.

What it means: The victory means the White Sox won’t have to make their fire-sale banners just yet. Hours after GM Kenny Williams said he could change up the roster if the White Sox don’t stay in contention this week, they went out and won their third consecutive game against teams above them in the standings. They won two at Cleveland over the weekend and Monday’s victory kicked off a three-game set with the Tigers.

Outside the box: The White Sox have been no further than 5½ games out of first place since June 9 and they have also been no closer than 3½ back in that same time.

What's next: White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (4-4, 5.19 ERA) will have his hands full in the middle game of the three-game series. He will be opposed by Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. (13-5, 2.24) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.