DETROIT - The White Sox lost another game to the Tigers, and lost major league home run leader Adam Dunn to an oblique injury.
All is not lost, because the Sox are still in first place in the American League Central, albeit by one game. But it always seems like the Tigers put the Sox in their place at Comerica Park, which happened again in a 5-1 defeat against lights-out right-hander Max Scherzer on Saturday night.
The Sox have lost 11 of their last 12 games at Comerica Park and 17 of their last 20 by a 121-55 margin. Against the Tigers this season, the Sox are 4-9 after winning their first two matchups.
On the first day of September, they fell to 1-5 on a road trip that began in Baltimore following a 6-0 home stand and continued on a troubling trend on the road with eight losses in nine games and 16 of 24 after a 26-18 start.
With Chris Sale opposing Justin Verlander on Sunday night (7:05 CST, ESPN2, 670-AM), the Sox will try to salvage the third game of a series that has been dominated by the Tigers.
Scherzer (15-6), who has been at the top of his game in his last five starts, won his fifth straight decision. He struck out nine, walked one and gave up four hits over eight innings.
Sox starter Francisco Liriano, who like Scherzer has outstanding stuff but ranks among the league leaders in walks, climbed up that chart with seven free passes (one intentional) in four-plus innings. Liriano (2-1 as a White Sox) struck out five and gave up four hits, including an RBI triple by Brennan Boesch followed by Miguel Cabrera's RBI single that whizzed past Liriano's ear in the third.
When Delmon Young hit Liriano's 100th and last pitch for a triple off the top of the center field wall to lead off the fifth, Ventura went to Saturday rookie callups Brian Omogrosso and Leyson Septimo for right-lefty matchups. The rookies recorded outs to leave Young at third, but right fielder Avisail Garcia ripped a Nate Jones fastball past first baseman Paul Konerko for his first major-league hit and an RBI to boot.
Young hit Jesse Crain's first pitch of the seventh near the same area as his triple, but over the wall for his 16th homer and a 4-0 Tigers lead. Austin Jackson tripled and Cabrera singled him home for the Tigers' fifth run. It came against closer Addison Reed, who hasn't had a save opportunity since last Saturday and needed the work.
The seven walks by Liriano tied a career high.
Orlando Hudson tripled in Paul Konerko with two outs in the ninth against Jose Valverde for the Sox run.