DETROIT (AP) — Brad Penny had a no-hit bid broken up on an infield single in the sixth and the Detroit Tigers scored five in the fifth inning of a 9-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
With one-out in the sixth inning, Brent Morel hit a chopper down the third-base line. Brandon Inge backhanded it behind the bag and made a throw in the dirt that first baseman Miguel Cabrera couldn’t field cleanly to attempt a tag on Morel.
Official scorer Ron Kleinfelter called it a hit, not an error that would’ve kept the no-hitter intact, after watching the replay. Most of 35,227 fans at Comerica Park booed.
Penny (1-2) pitched seven innings, allowing a hit and walking two.
Edwin Jackson (2-2) gave up eight runs – seven earned – on 12 hits and four walks over 5 2-3 innings.
Detroit has eight straight victories against the White Sox, dating to Sept. 7, 2010, for its longest winning streak against them since winning as many consecutive games from 1949-50.
Penny was perfect until hitting Carlos Quentin on a full-count pitch with two outs in the fourth.
Second baseman Will Rhymes and Cabrera made sliding stops and throws to extend the no-hit bid through five innings.
After Morel reached first on what was ruled a single, Juan Pierre walked. Penny got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Alexei Ramirez to fly out and hot-hitting Quentin to pop out.
Jackson held the Tigers scoreless through three innings, then they scored five in the fourth thanks in part to some poor defense and three more in the sixth.
Jhonny Peralta’s liner to left was mishandled by Pierre, letting two runs score. Alex Avila followed with a triple on a deep fly that faded away from centerfielder Alex Rios, allowing two more to score. Inge scored the final run of the inning on a headfirst slide, beating a throw from shortstop Ramirez on a fielder’s choice.
Cabrera’s RBI single and Ryan Raburn’s sacrifice fly in the sixth put Detroit ahead 8-0.
Detroit’s Ryan Perry replaced Penny in the eighth and promptly gave up singles to the first two White Sox he faced, but bounced back to strand runners. After Raburn drove in his seventh run in two games against Chicago, Al Alburquerque pitched the ninth to complete the combined shutout for the Tigers.
Alburquerque gave up a pair of two-out singles and a four-pitch walk to load the bases, then struck out Morel.
The Tigers (11-10) have won three straight to go over the .500 mark for the first time this year.
Chicago has lost nine of 10 after starting the season 7-4.
NOTES: Tigers RHP Rick Porcello will have his next start skipped in the rotation in part because of the team’s day off Monday. … White Sox RHP Jake Peavy is scheduled to throw on the side Sunday, taking another step toward a tentatively scheduled start April 28 after his surgically repaired shoulder was tendered and irritated.
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