Max Scherzer pitched six effective innings to earn his career-high 16th win, Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the AL Central lead.
Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings of five-hit ball, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer for the second straight day and the Los Angeles Angels completed their second straight series sweep with a 3-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers pulled within a game of first place with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
The Chicago White Sox spent nearly a month in first place. Then they arrived in Detroit, where so much has gone wrong for them over the last couple seasons.
The Chicago White Sox fell back to second place for the first time in nearly a month. It had been even longer since Chris Sale left the ballpark with a loss.
Jhonny Peralta had three hits and two RBIs one night after he made two costly throwing errors, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday.
Prince Fielder homered and Rick Porcello pitched impressively into the seventh inning to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Justin Verlander got his 14th win and Wilson Betemit had a two-out, go-ahead single in the eighth inning Tuesday night as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and increased their lead in the AL Central.
Ozzie Guillen kept his cool after his team let an early lead slip away, and he had a good reason for his optimistic outlook. By taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox showed they could compete with another AL Central contender.
Headed to the plate with the bases loaded in a tie game, Ryan Raburn would have been happy with a base hit. Instead, he drove the first pitch he saw from Jake Peavy into the left-field bullpen to stun the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.