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Detroit Tigers Drop Another to White Sox 7-6

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May 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain (44) reacts after giving up a three run home run against Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (not pictured) during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers lost a bit of a heartbreaker Wednesday night, as they dropped their second in a row to the Chicago White Sox 7-6.

On the eve of Justin Verlander’s cryptic “Green light means go” Instagram post, it began as if his Tiger teammates also got the message and it was finally time to put up some runs. Rajai Davis lead off the game with a triple, and was driven in two batters later by a Victor Martinez sac fly to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead over White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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Unfortunately, the very first batter to face Tigers starting Pitcher Alfredo Simon was Conor Gillaspie, who homored to tie the game in the bottom of the first.

After Simon got out of the first with only allowing the one run, the Tigers finally got some help from struggling DH Victor Martinez in the second inning. Martinez took Sale deep to left field for a two run home run, to give the Tigers a two run lead. It was Martinez first home run of 2015 and only his second extra base hit. He finished the game with 4 total RBI’s and will probably need some ice on that knee.

However, both Simon and Sale and plenty of control issues all day long. Sale walked five while Simon had four of his own and a wild pitch, which gave the Sox their second run in the ball game in that inning. The final line for Simon is 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, and that one wild pitch.

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After Rajai Davis drove in the Tigers sixth run in the eighth, Detroit had a three run lead and was looking to slam the door for the W. Their lowest ERA man, Joba Chamberlain was set to pitch the eighth for shutdown closer Joakim Soria in the 9th.

Melky Cabrera had a different plan.

After easily getting out the first two batters, Chamberlain gave up back to back singles when Melky Cabrera hit a line drive home run to right, tying the game at six. Manager Brad Ausmus decided he hadnt seen enough yet from Joba and left him in the game, where he allowed two more base runners before it was Avisail Garcia‘s turn. Garcia singled as well driving in a run, giving the White Sox their seventh and final run of the game.

The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the ninth but White Sox closer David Robertson got it together for his fifth save of the season.

Thursday afternoon the Tigers try to take one from Chicago as Kyle Lobstein faces off against Jose Quintana. The game begins at 2:10 EST. After that the Tigers finally come home on Friday for a home series against the Kansas City Royals.

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