Lobstein strong in Tigers’ win

Detroit snaps two-game losing streak with 4-1 win over White Sox

CHICAGO — The spot starter is now the stopper. Well, Kyle Lobstein was for one day anyway as he shut down the White Sox Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field, throwing 7 2/3 innings of five-hit, one-run ball to help the Tigers beat the White Sox and snap a two-game losing streak.

Lobstein is filling in for Justin Verlander while the team’s former Cy Young winner recovers from a triceps injury. If the young left-hander keeps this up, the Tigers are going to have a tough time sending him back down to Toledo.

Not that consistency from a starting pitcher is a bad thing to have. In fact, Lobstein has given the Tigers a shot to win in four of his five starts. Even his last start, in Kansas City, wasn’t awful — he gave up four runs in seven innings.

Against Chicago, Lobstein threw strikes and changed speeds, getting through the first three innings without allowing a hit. In the fourth, Melky Cabrera hit a soft grounder to Ian Kinsler at second but Kinsler made a bad throw to first. Cabrera was safe.

From there, Lobstein gave up consecutive singles and a walk, which led to a run and the bases loaded with no outs. Nick Castellanos then made the play of the game, snatching a sharp ground ball from Alexei Ramirez, scooting over to tag third for the force out, then throwing home so Alex Avila could tag Jose Abreu.

The double play settled Lobstein. Miguel Cabrera made a nice stop at first for the final out and Lobstein didn’t get in trouble the rest of the way. Joakim Soria struck out the side in the ninth inning.

The game began as the first two in the series, with the Tigers scoring a single run in the top of the first. Thursday, they didn’t waste the quick start.

Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera both had RBIs and Castellanos singled in a run in the eighth inning.

The Tigers (18-11) finished their 10-game road trip 5-5, taking the series in Minnesota, splitting a four-game set in Kansas City, and losing two of three to Chicago. They host the Royals for three games beginning Friday.

Iglesias hurt…again

Jose Iglesias’ return after a minor groin injury didn’t last long. The Tigers shortstop was pulled from Sunday’s game in Kansas City and missed the series opener against the White Sox on Tuesday.

He felt good enough to get back into the lineup Wednesday night in Chicago, but he aggravated the groin strain when he scored from second on a Victor Martinez hit.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he is considered day-to-day.

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