Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gordon Beckham clubbed a three-run homer and Mark Teahen added a two-run blast in his return from the disabled list, as the Chicago White Sox doubled up Detroit, 8-4, in the rainy opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago, which has won 22 of its last 26 home games, remains one game back of AL Central-leading Minnesota. The Twins beat Oakland on Friday.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. Teahen, who hadn't played since May 30 because of a fractured middle finger on his right hand, and Alexei Ramirez hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning. After a sacrifice by A.J. Pierzynski, Mark Kotsay hit a chopper to the mound. Bonderman fielded the ball but his throw home wasn't in time to get Teahen. Beckham followed by crushing an 1-0 pitch to right-center field for his seventh home run of the season.
The Tigers trailed 4-2 in the sixth after consecutive RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen, but Teahen followed a one-out walk to Paul Konerko in the home half of the inning with a blast to right field.
Eddie Bonine succeeded Bonderman to start the bottom of the seventh and gave up back-to-back triples to Beckham and Pierre.
Inge and Ramirez exchanged home runs in the eighth inning.
Buehrle has won eight of his last 11 decisions. He improved to 16-8 lifetime against the Tigers...Chicago is 7-2 against Detroit this season...The White Sox optioned infielder Dayan Viciedo to Triple-A Charlotte following Thursday's loss to Minnesota to make room for Teahen.