DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera had three hits including a two-run homer, Delmon Young broke a 4-all tie with a three-run double against reliever Matt Thornton, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the White Sox 7-4 in the opener of an important three-game series on Friday night.
The Sox had five hits against five Tigers pitchers, including a home run and double by A.J. Pierzynski, and couldn't take advantage of five walks and two hit batsmen. Going into the game with a major-league leading .291 batting average with runners in scoring position, the Sox went 0-for-12 in those situations. The Sox left 12 runners on base.
Here are the opportunities that came and went:
Runners at first and second with one out in the first inning -- no runs.
Bases loaded with no outs after one run scored during the third -- no more runs.
First and second after a pair of two-out walks in the fifth -- no runs.
Runner at third with one out in seventh -- no runs.
Sore-ankled third baseman Miguel Cabrera made two errors and second baseman Omar Infante had a shaky defensive game. That, in addition to the walks, opened the door for the Sox, but all they could muster besides Pierzynski's extra-base hits were infield singles by Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez and a line single by Adam Dunn.
Jake Peavy (9-10) gave up a two-run homer to Cabrera and a solo shot to Jhonny Peralta among nine hits allowed in six-plus innings, leaving after he walked Andy Dirks and gave up a line single by Cabrera and the score tied 4-4.
Enter left-hander Matt Thornton, who, pitching for the first time in seven days, hit Prince Fielder with a pitch to load the bases for Delmon Young. Fielder was upset about getting hit, which didn't make much sense since it loaded the bases for right-handed hitting Delmon Young - who lined a three-run double to left-center to give the Tigers a three-run lead.
The loss, the Sox' fourth in their last five games, trimmed their lead in the AL Central to two games. They face pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on Saturday and Sunday as the Tigers look for the sweep that would put them in a first-place tie.