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Tigers surge past White Sox into first place

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DETROIT -- Brennan Boesch hit a three-run homer against White Sox ace Chris Sale, and right-hander Rick Porcello held a slumping lineup to five singles in the Tigers' 7-1 victory that dropped the Sox out of first place in the American League Central.

Before the game, the Sox acquired veteran right-hander Brett Myers in a trade for two minor leaguers and a player to be named later, a move that should strengthen a bullpen that also welcomed the return of right-hander Jesse Crain from the disabled list.

Sale 911-3) gave up five runs on seven hits over a seven-inning, 90-pitch outing. All of Detroit's runs were scored with two outs.

The Sox' run came on a bloop single to right field by Dayan Viciedo. The Sox' other hits were also opposite-field singles by Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.

The Tigers have won 12 of 14 while the Sox have lost four straight and six of their last eight games. The fell out of first place for the first time since June 23.

Sale was 8-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his previous 10 starts. The five runs allowed matched his season high when he gave up five to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 15.

The Tigers tacked on two runs against Dylan Axelrod in the eighth inning. Austin Jackson, who hit a two-run double against Sale in the fifth to give Detroit a 2-1 lead, drove in two with a double against Axelrod.

Porcello (7-5) was replaced by Joaquin Benoit after giving up singles to Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza to start the ninth. Kevin Youkilis, who is hitless in his last 11 at-bats with five strikeouts, hit into a double play and Adam Dunn struck out to end the game.

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