Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Edwin Jackson navigated his way through some early trouble to pitch seven-plus innings against his former club, as the Chicago White Sox defeated Detroit, 4-1, in the third installment of a four- game series.
Home runs by Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko helped make Jackson's (1-0) Chicago debut a success. Acquired from Arizona prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the right-hander was charged with a run on nine hits and struck out six while issuing just one walk. Jackson, who won 13 games for Detroit in 2009, had lost his last four starts with the Diamondbacks.
The White Sox entered Wednesday 1 1/2 games in front of Minnesota for first place in the American League Central standings.
Armando Galarraga (3-4) surrendered four runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings for the Tigers, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games. Galarraga, who walked a season-high five batters, is 0-3 over his last six starts and hasn't won at Comerica Park since his infamous near-perfect game on June 2 against Cleveland.
Brandon Inge, fresh off the 15-day disabled list, had three hits and knocked in the lone Detroit run. Inge had been sidelined since July 20 with a non- displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand.
Eight consecutive balls out of the strike zone by Jackson and White Sox reliever J.J. Putz placed runners on first and second to begin the eighth. Inge's one-out single to right field plated Miguel Cabrera, cutting the deficit to 4-1, and an errant throw from Andruw Jones put men on second and third.
Matt Thornton replaced Putz and retired a pair of pinch-hitters to end the threat.
Bobby Jenks worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save this season.
Konerko singled home Juan Pierre to give Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Tigers had traffic on the base paths early in the contest, but left two men on base in each of the first three innings. Detroit finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Konerko walked to start the fourth and Quentin followed by jumping on the first pitch from Galarraga, sending it to the seats beyond the left-field wall for a two-run homer.
Chicago increased its advantage to four runs when Konerko homered leading off the sixth.
Jackson is the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter and be traded within the same season since Cliff Chambers in 1951...Konerko leads the White Sox with 27 home runs and 76 RBI...Detroit's Austin Jackson went 2-for-5. The rookie center fielder has hit safely in 29 of his last 33 games...To make room for Inge, the Tigers placed infielder Danny Worth on the 15-day DL with a bruised left heel...Chicago right-hander Gavin Floyd was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for July.