Tigers cut lead to one game

CHICAGO — It wasn’t pretty, but the Detroit Tigers moved to within a game of the American League Central Division with an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Tigers are now 75-67 on the season, while the Sox are 76-66.

Detroit built a comfortable 8-1 lead behind three hits from Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera and a three-run home run by Prince Fielder. Andy Dirks also provided a pair of hits as the Tigers pounded out 14 in the game.

That should have been enough for starter Max Scherzer, who went the first six innings and allowed a single run. But the bullpen struggled down the stretch as Bryann Villarreal and Joaquin Benoit each gave up two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bring the score to 8-5.

Jose Valverde gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth, but closed out the game with a strikeout to pick up his 30th save of the season.

Scherzer earned his 16th victory, striking out seven batters.

The same two teams will battle in the final of the four-game set. Justin Verlander will go to the mound, while Chris Sale will take the hill for the White Sox.

Game time is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.

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