Live updates: Tigers hang on, beat White Sox, 5-4
Nothing was going to be easy Friday for the Tigers at Comerica Park. And it wasn't.
But they got a victory, their first following a two-game losing streak, in putting away the White Sox, 5-4.
In a game that each team led four times, the Tigers nearly allowed the White Sox to, at the very least, tie it in the ninth when Avisail Garcia ripped a leadoff double against Tigers closer Joakim Soria.
Soria struck out the next batter, Gordon Beckham. But with two strikes, pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck bounced a single through the infield's left-side hole, putting runners at the corners with one out.
That brought on Thursday's White Sox hero, Carlos Gomez, whose 10th-inning triple had won Thursday's game for the White Sox.
Gomez, though, tried to drop a safety squeeze bunt that he popped up high to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, freezing the runners.
Soria then got Tigers-pest Adam Eaton on a grounder to Jose Iglesias at short.
Bruce Rondon, who pitched a spotless eighth inning for the Tigers, got the victory. It was his first decision since 2013.
Live updates: J.D. Martinez sends Tigers ahead, 5-4
Then, it was the Tigers' turn to take another lead Friday night at a wild baseball game at Comerica Park.
J.D. Martinez, who had been thwarted when his 410-foot fly to center was caught in the second, this time drove a Zach Duke pitch deep into the left-field seats in the eighth inning as the Tigers grabbed a 5-4 lead.
Each team has led four times.
Joakim Soria was attempting to close out Friday's game. Bruce Rondon's second appearance of the season, in the eighth, was a 1-2-3 disposal of the White Sox.
Live updates: Davis homers, Tigers tie it, 4-4
It's a case of the last at-bat might win Friday at Comerica Park.
After the White Sox took their fourth lead of the night in the seventh inning, the Tigers came back in their half of the seventh to tie the game, 4-4, when Rajai Davis drove a Jake Petricka sinker over the left-field fence to again knot a dizzying, back-and-forth contest at Comerica.
Earlier in the seventh,Tyler Flowers steered an opposite-field fly ball just inside the right-field foul pole and just over the wall to put Chicago on top, 4-3.
Anibal Sanchez allowed his third home run of the night and his 18th of the season on Flowers' mortar-shell loft to right. Sanchez allowed only four home runs in 2014.
Jose Quintana started for the Tigers and gave way to Petricka in the Tigers' half of the seventh.
Live updates: White Sox snap back, 3-3, at Comerica
Your serve, Tigers. In a back-and-forth game at Comerica Park, the White Sox scored a run in the sixth against Anibal Sanchez to tie the Tigers, 3-3.
Detroit had taken a 3-2 lead in the fifth. But it lasted only two batters into the sixth after Adam LaRoche walloped a one-out double to the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center. Melky Cabrera followed with a triple into the right-field corner.
Sanchez kept the White Sox from re-taking the lead when he got Avisail Garcia to strike out ahead of a comeback grounder that Sanchez gloved and hung onto as he raced to first base and stepped on the bag.
Live updates: Cespedes triple puts Tigers on top, 3-2
The Tigers nearly put together a big inning Friday against White Sox starter Jose Quintana, but settled for a single run that came courtesy of a two-out single from Victor Martinez, and a long triple to deep right-center by Yoenis Cespedes.
Ian Kinsler had led off the inning with a single but was doubled up when Miguel Cabrera lined to second base.
The Tigers have 10 hits against Quintana, while the White Sox have three -- two of which have been home runs, by Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu.
Live updates: Tigers tie it, 2-2, on Iglesias RBI single
The Tigers used a trio of singles in the fourth to get square with the White Sox, 2-2, at Comerica Park.
J.D. Martinez lined a one-out single to left-center against Jose Quintana, which was followed by Nick Castellanos liner through the middle that put runners at second and first.
With two outs, Jose Iglesias lashed a Quintana breaking pitch to left to score Martinez.
Live updates: Abreu homer puts White Sox ahead, 2-1
Anibal Sanchez looked as if he were about to settle into one of his old pitching rhythms. At least until Jose Abreu arrived in the third inning of Friday night's game between the White Sox and Tigers at Comerica Park.
Abreu tore into a low, 91-mph fastball from Sanchez and drove it off the top of the fence in deep left-center field, 427 feet away, to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead.
Sanchez had put down five consecutive White Sox batters, three on strikes, ahead of Abreu's 12th home run of the season.
J.D. Martinez had bid to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the second. But his towering 410-foot drive to center was caught by Eaton.
Live updates: Tigers tie it up, 1-1, against White Sox
Answering the White Sox after they got a quick run in the first inning, the Tigers fired back and tied the game, 1-1, in their half of the first inning thanks to Ian Kinsler's single and Miguel Cabrera's RBI double up the right-center field gap.
Victor Martinez had a chance to drive home Cabrera during an 11-pitch at-bat that ended on a pop-up in foul territory behind third.
The White Sox took a 1-0 lead on Adam Eaton's second consecutive leadoff homer. It was the 16th home run allowed this year by Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.
Live updates: Adam Eaton strikes again, White Sox lead
For the second consecutive day, White Sox leadoff batter Adam Eaton decided the best way to begin a game at Comerica Park was with a home run.
On the fourth pitch of the evening from Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, Eaton -- who seems to particularly crave Tigers flesh -- walloped a first-batter pitch into the right-field seats, which put the White Sox on top, 1-0.
Sanchez walked the next batter, Alexei Ramirez, before he settled in to put away the next three batters.
Live updates: Tigers try to spark a hot streak
Finding themselves six games out of first place, and only a game above .500, the Tigers tried Friday night at Comerica Park to get some manner of sustained success going as they prepared for the White Sox, with first pitch set for 7:08.
Anibal Sanchez was to start for the Tigers, who have lost two consecutive games, including Thursday's series opener against the White Sox.
The White Sox were responding with left-hander Jose Quintana on a cloudy, 73-degree night in downtown Detroit.
Three Tigers hitters in particular might cause White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana to take a deep breath and shudder Friday night.
*Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .667 (8-for-12) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs;
*Victor Martinez is batting .500 (12-for-24) with two doubles and three RBIs, and;
*Rajai Davis is swinging at a .343 clip (12-for-35) with three doubles, a triple, a home run and two RBIs.
Those numbers offer a ray of hope for the Tigers, who face Quintana (3-7, 3.92 ERA) while looking to snap a two-game skid. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (6-7, 4.59) starts for the Tigers.
WHITE SOX LINEUP
1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Adam LaRoche, DH
5. Melky Cabrera, LF
6. Avisail Garcia, RF
7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Carlos Sanchez, 2B
SP - Jose Quintana
1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
6. J.D. Martinez, RF
7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
8. Bryan Holaday, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP - Anibal Sanchez