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Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers

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Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers

DETROIT -- The White Sox bats have struggled of late, and Rick Porcello didnt offer any solutions on Saturday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers starting pitcher matched Justin Verlanders dominance of a night earlier and with the help of some timely hitting against Chris Sale, downed the White Sox 5-1 at Comerica Park.
Porcello and reliever Joaquin Benoit combined on a five-hitter as the Tigers moved ahead of the White Sox into first place in the American League Central.
Now a half-game back of Detroit, the White Sox dropped to 3-6 on their current 10-game road trip. They have scored two runs or fewer in six of their last seven games.
Right before the break, we were swinging it fairly well and eventually it will get back to that, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturdays game. We havent really clicked back in since the break as far as the way they were swinging it before.
Porcello didnt make it easy.
He retired the first 12 batters he faced. After he allowed a run in the fifth inning, Porcello (7-5) got back on track as he retired nine of 10 heading into the ninth inning.
The right-hander tired in the ninth, allowing consecutive singles to Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza before he was lifted.
Aside from the fifth inning, that was the only sign of life from the White Sox offense.
In the fifth, Paul Konerko led off with a single. Alex Rios then reached on a force at second and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Dayan Viciedo then broke a scoreless tie with a blooper to right to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
But that wasnt nearly enough to support Sale, who matched his season-high with five earned runs allowed.
Sale (11-3) looked sharp early but walked Gerald Laird and Danny Worth, Detroits eighth and ninth hitters, to start the third inning. That prompted a visit from Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider. But Sale stayed in the game and got out of trouble with a strikeout of Austin Jackson and a double play.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jacksons two-out double after a pair of two-out singles by Laird and Worth.
Detroit increased its lead in the sixth to 5-1 when Brennan Boesch belted a three-run home run to right off Sale, the first homer he has allowed to a left-handed hitter this season.
Jackson doubled in two runs in the eighth against reliever Dylan Axelrod.

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