A bases-loaded double by Delmon Young in the seventh inning drove in three runs in a 4-4 game and helped the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 in the opening game of a three-game series Friday. Detroit closed to within two games of the first place White Sox with the win.
Octavio Dotel (5-2, 2.88 ERA) picked up the win in relief of starter Doug Fister, who gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in five innings in his first start since returning from a groin injury.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run home run by Miguel Cabrera. The White Sox cut it to 2-1 in the second on a home run by A.J. Pierzynski. An RBI double by Andy Dirks in the second put the Tigers up 3-1 and an RBI groundout by Paul Konerko in the third cut the lead to 3-2. The White Sox tied it when Dewayne Wise was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth. Jhonny Peralta homered in the bottom of the fourth, but Konerko tied it at 4-4 with a sac fly in the fifth.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy (9-10, 3.28 ERA) took the loss. He gave up six earned runs in six innings. Jose Valverde picked up his 27th save after pitching a scoreless ninth.