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Peavy, Sox topped by Tigers

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Peavy, Sox topped by Tigers

DETROIT -- Jake Peavy was given an early lead on Friday night but couldnt manage it.Handed the same later, Justin Verlander didnt relinquish his.The Detroit Tigers rallied from an early deficit and their ace took advantage of two Peavy mistakes in a 4-2 victory in front of 44,572 at Comerica Park.The White Sox lost their third straight contest and now lead the Tigers by a half-game in the American League Central. Chris Sale faces Rick Porcello at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday.Peavy (7-7) nearly pitched his way out of trouble in the bottom of the third inning.Leading 2-0, the All-Star yielded a double and a single to start the inning before Austin Jackson grounded into a double play. But a 1-0 pitch to Quintin Berry got away and struck him to put runners on the corners for the heart of Detroits lineup.Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young made Peavy pay a heavy price with a pair of RBI singles and an RBI double to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.Peavy only made one more critical mistake in a 122-pitch effort as his seventh-inning balk allowed Jhonny Peralta to move into scoring position. Jackson later singled him in as Detroit went ahead 4-2.The support was plenty for Verlander, who improved as he worked his way into the game. The White Sox struck the All-Star Game starter early as Alejandro De Aza -- who also walked and singled -- crushed a 3-2 offering from Verlander (11-5) for a two-run homer in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.From there, however, Verlander set down 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. Verlander started the eighth inning as he blew a 98-mph fastball past Alexei Ramirez for a called third strike. He also struck out Kevin Youkilis, who returned to the lineup after he sat out Thursdays game with a tight left hamstring, three times.Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the victory for Verlander, who made 122 pitches.Peavy was outstanding to start.He struck out the side in the first inning and whiffed the first five batters he faced. Following his 31-pitch third inning, Peavy got back on track. He set down 11 in a row until Peraltas one-out single in the seventh inning.Donnie Veal struck out the only two batters he faced in his White Sox debut.

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.