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Tigers Rout White Sox 18-2, Complete Sweep Of Chicago

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Chicago White Sox right fielder Alejandro De Aza, right, makes the catch on a fly ball by Detroit Tigers' Magglio Ordonez as second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) pulls up in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday Sept. 4, 2011, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Chicago White Sox right fielder Alejandro De Aza, right, makes the catch on a fly ball by Detroit Tigers’ Magglio Ordonez as second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) pulls up in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday Sept. 4, 2011, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers finished a three-game sweep of Chicago in emphatic fashion, routing the White Sox 18-2 on Sunday night.

Max Scherzer (14-8) allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, and Alex Avila had a career-high four hits for Detroit, which leads the AL Central by 6 1/2 games heading into a three-game series at second-place Cleveland. Chicago is 8 1/2 back.

Mark Buehrle (11-7) allowed seven earned runs in 3 1-3 innings.

The Tigers trailed 8-1 in the fifth Saturday before rallying to win 9-8. They’d scored 26 consecutive runs and led 18-0 Sunday when the White Sox finally scored two in the ninth.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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