DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox evened their three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers with a 12-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and improved the White Sox’s record to 4-6 this season.
How it happened: The White Sox erupted for 11 runs combined between the third and fourth innings, highlighted by a grand slam from Jose Abreu, the second of his career, and a three-run homer off the bat of Adam LaRoche.
Chicago’s other RBIs in those two innings were by Melky Cabrera (a double in the third and single in the fourth), Conor Gillaspie (single) and Alexei Ramirez (sacrifice fly). The White Sox tacked on another run in the fifth on a double by LaRoche.
Chris Sale got the win, going six innings, striking out six and allowing four hits. He threw 101 pitches. The Tigers’ runs came off a solo homer by J.D. Martinez and singles from Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos.
Challenging moment: Robin Ventura decided to challenge a strikeout call on Adam Eaton in the top of the fourth with the bases loaded. Eaton went down like he was hit in the hands by the pitch that was foul-tipped into the glove of Tigers catcher James McCann. After an umpire review, which lasted a minute and 29 seconds, the call stood as a strikeout.
On Friday, Ventura didn’t challenge a safe call at second base in the bottom of the ninth that led to the Tigers’ game-winning run. He admitted Saturday the team should have issued a challenge.
Murders’ row: The White Sox’s No. 2-4 hitters combined for 10 hits, 10 RBIs and scored six runs. Abreu was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Melky Cabrera had four hits, the 13th time he’s done that in his career. LaRoche and Abreu each clubbed out their team-leading third homers of the season.
High marks: The White Sox reached single-game highs in runs per game (12), runs in an inning (seven), hits per game (17), hits per inning (seven), doubles (five) and extra base hits (seven). They also tied the season record for walks in a game (five).
Up next: Chicago will send left-hander Jose Quintana (1-0, 4.09 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series at Detroit. The Tigers’ scheduled starter is Shane Greene (2-0, 0.00) in the 1:08 p.m. ET start at Comerica Park.