Recap: White Sox 5, Tigers 1
White Sox 5, Tigers 1: Chris Sale outdueled Max Scherzer and Paul Konerko drove in a pair of runs as host Chicago opened the three-game series with a rare win over American League Central-leading Detroit.
Sale (11-12) improved to 5-1 over his last seven outings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out eight in as many innings to send the White Sox to their fourth win in their last 11 meetings with the Tigers. Dayan Viciedo collected two hits - including a RBI single - as the White Sox posted their second straight win following a nine-game skid.
Scherzer (19-3) was denied his 20th win for a third straight start as he surrendered five runs - four earned - and six hits over a season-low four frames. Victor Martinez homered off Sale in the seventh inning for Detroit, which has lost three straight and watched its division lead over Cleveland fall to 4 1/2 games.
Following an eventful top of the first inning that saw Miguel Cabrera and Tigers manager Jim Leyland get ejected by home plate umpire Brian Gorman for arguing a check-swing call on a strikeout, Konerko sparked the White Sox with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom half.
Viciedo doubled the lead in the fourth as he followed a two-out double by Conor Gillaspie with an RBI single and scored two batters later on an infield hit by Josh Phegley. Jordan Danks raced home on the same play as Scherzer committed a throwing error.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sale became the third White Sox left-hander to record 200 strikeouts in a single season, joining Wilbur Wood and Gary Peters. … Scherzer fell to 8-1 in games in which Detroit was coming off a loss. He failed to post at least one win over a three-start period for the first time since Sept. 18-Oct. 3, 2012. … Martinez went 2-for-3 against Sale, improving to 10-for-14 versus the left-hander this season.