Tigers open four-game series with victory over Sox

CHICAGO — The Detroit Tigers started their four-game series with the Chicago White Sox off with a 7-1 victory on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

The White Sox got the scoring rolling in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Adam Dunn to take a 1-0 lead. The White Sox went on to load the bases, but Justin Verlander struck out Tyler Flowers to get out of the inning.

The Tigers evened the score in the top of the third as Ian Kinsler sent a double to the wall in left, scoring Ezequiel Carrera to knot things up at 1-1. Torii Hunter was next to the plate and brought Kinsler home with a sacrifice fly to give Detroit a 2-1 advantage.

A Nick Castellanos groundout made it 3-1 in the top of the fourth and brought Victor Martinez home and kicked off a five-run inning for Detroit.

Alex Avila chipped in an RBI-double to right in the next at-bat and Carrera reached on a fielding error by Jose Abreu, scoring Avila to put the Tigers up 5-1. Detroit added two more runs, taking a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Both sides continued to pepper each other with hits throughout the game, but neither could find the scoreboard the rest of the way, resulting in the 7-1 road win for Detroit.

Verlander went seven innings and gave up nine hits, but only one run as he tallied eight strikeouts and two walks.

Jim Johnson, Patrick McCoy and Al Albuquerque all pitched in relief.

J.D. Martinez led the offensive attack, going 3-for-5, as Victor Martinez, Hunter and Carrera all had two hits apiece.

The Tigers tallied 13 hits on the night while the White Sox had 10.

The Tigers (73-60) will return to action on Saturday in a doubleheader with the White Sox (60-74) with games at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

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