White Sox 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT -- Rookie Avisail Garcia singled home two runs and scored once Sunday to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-3 victory over Detroit that stalled the Tigers' drive to the American League Central Division title.
Detroit's magic number for clinching the crown remained at two with six games to play.
Rookie Erik Johnson (2-2) allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings but unlike Saturday night, when Chicago couldn't hang onto a 6-0 lead in the ninth and lost 7-6 in 12 innings, the White Sox held on this time. Johnson only struck out one and gave up nine hits but he dodged trouble and didn't walk anybody.
Donnie Veal got the final out of the seventh after Detroit had scored a run, worked a scoreless eighth and was relieved by Matt Lindstrom after giving up a pinch leadoff double to Brayan Pena to start the ninth.
Omar Infante welcomed Lindstrom with a single to center, Ramon Santiago forced Infante to drive in Pena but Lindstrom retired the next two to finish the game.
The White Sox padded their margin to 6-1 in the seventh. Conor Gillaspie walked with one out, Avisail Garcia singled and John Danks walked to load the bases. Jeff Keppinger brought in two with a double to right.
Detroit shaved a run off that margin with Austin Jackson's sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Chicago took the lead in the fifth with three runs off AL ERA leader Anibal Sanchez (14-8).
Marcus Semien singled and stole second, Alejandro De Aza walked and one out later Gillaspie boomed a triple over Austin Jackson's head in center to make it 3-1. Gillaspie scored on a bloop single to extreme left by Garcia.
Prince Fielder had tied it 1-1 in the fourth with a first-pitch home run to deep right, his 25th of the season.
Garcia's RBI single in the first staked the rookie Johnson to a 1-0 lead. Gillaspie reached on a fielder's choice and was wild-pitched to second before the ex-Tiger grounded a single up the middle to get him in.
NOTES: DH Adam Dunn was out of Chicago's starting lineup for the second straight day. "He's looked a little tired," manager Robin Ventura said. ... Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera aggravated his left groin strain Saturday night so manager Jim Leyland held him out of the starting lineup. ... IF Semien shows a nice compact swing plus an ability to make contact and Saturday he got his first look at shortstop, with Ventura saying "he did enough that you're confident he could fill in there." ... SS Jose Iglesias is making slow progress recovering from being hit in the left hand by a pitch Thursday, but missed the entire White Sox series and is doubtful for at least Monday in Minnesota.