CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell to 4 1/2 games out of first place with a 5-4 defeat to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
How it happened: Wilson Betemit delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning against Matt Thornton to put the Tigers ahead for good. The White Sox were again able to put some offense together against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Adam Dunn had a mammoth two-run home run in the first inning and Paul Konerko had a two-run shot in the sixth to tie it 4-4. Dunn struck out his next three at-bats, though, against Verlander breaking balls.
What it means: Will Wednesday’s result determine if the White Sox will be buyers or sellers at the trading deadline? The White Sox were looking for a good result against the Tigers to leave them confident they could contend for the division title. If they lost two of three to the division leaders would it convince GM Kenny Williams that the White Sox don’t have what it takes in a clearly weak division?
Outside the box: Dunn crushed his two-run home run against Verlander after first falling behind 0-2 in the count. Prior to that at-bat, Dunn was 1-for-74 when falling behind 0-2. His lone previous hit was a double and he also walked twice.
What's next? White Sox left-hander John Danks (3-8, 3.92 ERA) will close out the series against the Tigers. Detroit will counter with Max Scherzer (11-5, 4.35) in the 1:10 p.m. game from U.S. Cellular Field.