DETROIT -- The Tigers answered Alejandro De Aza's two-run homer in the top of the third inning against Justin Verlander with three runs in the bottom of the frame, and Detroit held on for a 4-2 victory on Friday night.
Verlander was strong after the third. He allowed four hits and walked two while striking out six.
Jake Peavy allowed four runs over seven innings.
The Tigers cut the Sox lead in the American League Central to one half game.