Entering their series with Cleveland, Detroit was riding a five-game winning streak and had just added Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from Miami. The White Sox began the week on a five-game losing streak, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers that dropped them to 1 12 games out of first place.
It's probably too early for a daily standings watch, but that the White Sox are back in first place after Detroit lost 5-3 to Cleveland is at least somewhat important. The main point here is that the Indians slowed the Tigers' momentum, at least for now. And Detroit still has a pair of three-game road series in Toronto and Boston before they return to Comerica Park.
The Tigers had a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, and with Justin Verlander on the mound, most would've bet Detroit would cruise to a win. But Cleveland rallied in the seventh, with Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner belting back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning, quickly tying the game at three.
Jose Lopez followed those blasts with a single, but Verlander retired the next two batters. Things came unraveled with two outs, though, as Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis hit three consecutive singles to put Cleveland up for good.
Again, it's probably too early to really care about this. What matters for the White Sox, at least, is that Detroit looked beatable -- even if it was only by a combined three runs -- for the first time this month. And, for now, that means the Sox are back in first place.