Chicago took a three-game division lead into Tuesday night's game after opening the series on Monday with a 6-1 win. Detroit starter Doug Fister (9-8) gave up a pair of solo home runs early in the game but those would be the only two hits the right-hander would allow in his seven innings on the mound.
The Tigers rallied to take the lead in the fifth inning after centerfielder Austin Jackson hit a two-run homered followed by a solo shot two batters later from third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Chicago starter Jake Peavy (10-11) took the loss after giving up six hits and three runs in five and two-thirds innings.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde gave up a lead-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning but then settled down to get the next three outs and earn his 29th save. The win draws the Tigers within two games of the White Sox in the AL Central. The two team are back at it on Wednesday starting at 8:10 p.m. ET.