Tigers 3, White Sox 2 (12): Torii Hunter singled home pinch-runner Matt Tuiasosopo in the bottom of the 12th inning as Detroit completed a three-game home sweep of Chicago.
Pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera – in his first game action since Tuesday – singled off Dylan Axelrod (3-8) to open the 12th and was lifted for Tuiasosopo, who moved to second on Austin Jackson’s sacrifice. Hunter followed with a base hit to left field, sending the Tigers to their eighth straight win.
Bruce Rondon (1-1) allowed a hit and struck out three over two innings en route to his first career victory for Detroit, which maintained its three-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. Hunter’s second hit of the game handed the White Sox their 10th straight loss – their worst skid since June 11-20, 1976.
Adam Dunn put Chicago ahead in the fourth, when he pounded a 1-2 fastball that easily cleared the 420-foot fence in straightaway center. Chicago starter Andre Rienzo – who retired 14 in a row at one point – issued a pair of walks to begin the seventh but was pulled after Alex Avila’s flyball landed just outside the reach of right fielder Alex Rios, giving Victor Martinez just enough time to beat the tag at home.
Ramon Santiago plated Jhonny Peralta two batters later with a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. With closer Joaquin Benoit unavailable in the top of the ninth, Drew Smyly remained in the game after recording the final out of the eighth and served up Paul Konerko’s game-tying solo shot to begin the ninth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dunn’s four-hit effort was his second of the season, while his solo homer was measured at 462 feet – his longest blast since sending one 479 feet off the Atlanta Braves’ Jair Jurrjens on Sept. 14, 2010. … Detroit improved to 38-14 – including 22-5 at home – against the White Sox since Sept. 7, 2010. … Chicago’s starters have a 2.87 ERA during the losing streak, but the offense has scored a total of 18 runs over that span.