DETROIT, MI - MAY 05: Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers singles to left center field scoring Alex Avila #13 in the second inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on May 5, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. White Sox: Detroit Hangs On To Beat Chicago, 3-1

The Tigers won their three-game series with Chicago after Sunday's 3-1 victory.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox Final Score: Detroit Escapes With Series Victory Over Chicago

In yet another tight game between a pair of divisional rivals, the Detroit Tigers picked up a much-needed series win over the Chicago White Sox after Sunday's 3-1 victory.

Detroit racked up 10 hits against Chicago pitching throughout the day, as each of the Tigers' first four batters in the order managed to collect a pair of hits. Of the four runs combined by both clubs, all were scored on solo home runs. Austin Jackson opened the game with a leadoff bomb in the first, and Prince Fielder followed suit shortly thereafter with a home run of his own in the third.

Andy Dirks, hitting in the No. 2 hole after Brennan Boesch was dropped to No. 8, hit a two-out solo homer in the eighth inning to extend the Tigers' lead to 3-1. The breathing room created by Dirks' hit proved to be quite necessary, as Detroit closer Jose Valverde once again made things interesting in the ninth before picking up a dramatic save.

Starter Rick Porcello tossed 6.1 solid innings for Detroit to grab his third victory of the year, striking out a season-high five batters in the process. Porcello yielded only four hits, and was bested only by a home run from the bat of Adam Dunn in the opening inning.

Next up for the 14-13 Tigers is a Monday trip out West to Seattle for a three-game series with the Mariners, followed immediately by a four-game set with the Oakland Athletics to round out the weekend.

For more on the Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. For more on the White Sox, check out South Side Sox. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.


Tigers Vs. White Sox Final Score: Detroit Falls To Chicago After Jose Valverde's Blown Save

The Detroit Tigers fell to a frustrating .500 on the season on Saturday afternoon, after a rough 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

Detroit received a seven-inning gem from starter Max Scherzer, who gave up just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts, but could not close the deal when it counted. Facing White Sox slugger Adam Dunn in the top of the ninth with a chance to lock down the save and Scherzer's win, Detroit closer Jose Valverde was pounded for a two-run bomb to effectively spoil the game and also land his second blown save of the year.

Despite threatening for a rally in the bottom of the ninth, much like they did in Friday's game, the Tigers could not move the tying run past second base. Even in the loss, Detroit batters recorded nine hits against Chicago pitching, and Andy Dirks, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson each recorded multiple hit games. The issue for the Tigers all day was leaving runners on base, as Detroit tallied a whopping 17 runners stranded throughout the afternoon.

Now tied up 1-1 in the series, the Tigers will send Rick Porcello to the mound on Sunday for a chance to win the three-game set and also stay ahead of the 13-14 White Sox in the standings.

For more on the Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. For more MLB coverage and analysis, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.


Tigers Vs. White Sox: Jhonny Peralta Walkoff Blast Gives Detroit 5-4 Win

Late-game heroics from shortstop Jhonny Peralta gave the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 win on Friday night in front of a packed house at Comerica Park. It was only the third win in the Tigers' last 10 games, and what fans hope to be some momentum for a team that has underwhelmed to star the season.

Gerald Laird was on base, pinch running for Alex Avila, who was 3-for-3 with a home run, when Peralta smacked hi first long ball of the season with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Closer Jose Valverde was credited with the win. Starter Drew Smyly allowed two earned runs over six innings of work, striking out seven in the process. This was the third game in a row that the lefty starter struck out seven batters in six innings of work.

The White Sox started a rejuvenated Jake Peavy, who gave up three runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out six.

For more on the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox, check out their respective SB Nation blogs at Bless You Boys and South Side Sox. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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