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Detroit Tigers Down Chicago White Sox 11-8

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Jun 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) celebrates with right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) celebrates with right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers fans witnessed another offensive outburst as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox on the road. Justin Upon and J.D. Martinez led the way for Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-8 in the second game of their three game series. Offense dominated the evening, but Jordan Zimmermann’s stuff looked better than it did in his last start, although the numbers do not completely show it. Zimmermann’s final line was 7.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, but he was not helped by his defense which posted 3 errors behind him.

Although his defense did not help him. Zimmermann was backed up by the Tigers’ offense that scored one, two, three and four runs respectively in the first four innings. J.D. Martinez led the offensive attack with 3 doubles, Justin Upton had four RBI, and Miguel Cabrera added four hits.

The Tigers got on the board first in the top of the first. Jose Iglesias doubled from the number two spot in the order with one out. Miguel Cabrera then brought him home with a hard hit ball to left field, but was thrown out showing his speed and stretching a single into a double.

The White Sox came right back in the bottom of the first. Tim Anderson doubled to lead off the inning and came home on an Adam Eaton bunt single that was thrown into right field by Mike Aviles. Eaton then moved up on a sacrifice fly from Jose Abreu and scored on a sacrifice fly from Melky Cabrera to give the White Sox the 2-1 lead.

The Tigers then took the lead in the top of the second. J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton hit back to back doubles to tie the game at 2-2. Mike Aviles then singled to center to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead. 

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The Tigers then added on to their lead in the top of the third. Jose Iglesias walked to lead off the inning. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly ball to the right spot in right field that bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Justin Upton then walked home to bring home a run.

James McCann then brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. After a Mike Aviles single, Andrew Romine walked with the bases loaded to bring home another run and stretch the lead to 6-2. The Tigers almost walked home another run, but Ian Kinsler was wrung up on a pitch at the shins to end the inning and the damage at 6-2.

The Tigers then added four runs in the top of the fourth to post run-scoring totals of one, two, three and four in the innings one through four.. Miguel Cabrera doubled to end Miguel Gonzalez’s night. Nick Castellanos walked and J.D. Martinez brought Cabrera home with a double.

Justin Upton then hit a “triple” on a line drive single that went past Melky Cabrera in left field to score two. McCann then brought home Upton with a ground ball to the middle of the infield. 

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The White Sox then started to come back, giving the Tigers’ flashbacks. After 2 soft outs to lead off the bottom of the 4th, Alex Avila walked, Avisail Garcia hit a ground ball single, J.B. Shuck hit a single that the White Sox were not going to score on, but J.D. non-chalantly threw the ball into the infield, scoring a run. Tyler Saladino then hit a bloop single to bring home 2 to cut the lead to 10-5.

The White Sox then added another run in the fifth. Adam Eaton led the inning off with a triple. Jose Abreu then brought him home with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 10-6.

The Tigers then added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Ian Kinsler hit a triple after striking out four times on multiple bad calls. Iglesias then hit an infield single to bring him home to give the Tigers the 11-6 lead.

The White Sox then made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth against Mark Lowe. Shuck hit a double and Saladino hit a home run to cut the lead to 11-8 and get the Tigers’ bullpen frantically stirring, but Lowe got through the inning and the game with the 11-8 victory.

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These two teams will wrap up their series Wednesday night at 8:10 in a rematch of a June 4th matchup. Chris Sale will pitch for the White Sox against Mike Pelfrey who is seeking his second win of the season.

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