The Tigers headed to Chicago to start a four-game series with the White Sox on Monday night with the bad taste of the Blue Jay’s series still lingering.
The White Sox themselves were looking to bounce back from a lukewarm trip to southern California in which they took two out of three from the Dodgers before being swept themselves by the Angels.
Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Eugenio Suarez homered for AL Central-leading Detroit, which has dropped seven of nine. The Tigers couldn’t overcome the White Sox’s offensive onslaught however. Rick Porcello would give up six runs in just five-plus innings, and Detroit would eventually fall 6-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Porcello was 9-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his previous 12 starts against the White Sox. The 25-year-old right-hander went 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts at U.S. Cellular Field last season.
Noesi was charged with four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings in his second straight win. The right-hander pitched six solid innings against the Dodgers in his previous start.
The Tigers went into the ninth trailing by two, but the Sox outfielders misplayed two fly balls into doubles to make it a one-run game. With the tying run at third, Ian Kinsler struck out and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter grounded out to short for the game’s final out.
In the next two weeks the Tigers will face the White Sox, Royals, Twins, and Indians. All of the American League Central teams will be gunning to knock the slumping Tigers out of first place.
Porcello gave up a triple to the first batter he faced, Adam Eaton, and continued to look uneasy throughout the night. He ended up leaving the game in the sixth inning after he gave up a leadoff bunt single to Alejandro De Aza, who advanced to second after Porcello’s throw to first sailed wide.
Coming into Monday, Porcello had won his last four strait matchups against Chicago, however he retired only 14 of the 26 batters he faced.
Detroit has won 25 of its last 37 games over Chicago dating back to May 15, 2012, and is now 4-3 against the White Sox this season.