Live Tigers blog: Tigers drop finale with White Sox, 5-3

Al Willman
The Detroit News

The Tigers dropped the last of a three-game set against the White Sox, 5-3, in Chicago on Wednesday.

J.D. Martinez led off the top of the ninth inning with a single off White Sox closer David Robertson. Justin Upton struck out swinging. Victor Martinez -- pinch-hitting for James McCann -- grounded to first base, advancing Martinez to third (he took second on a passed ball). Mike Aviles reached on an error, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Jose Iglesias grounded out to end the game.

Mike Pelfrey went six-plus innings for the Tigers, giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out only one batter, and walked two.

Chris Sale went seven innings for the White Sox, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking one.

Iglesias hit a 2-run home run for the Tigers in their 3-run third inning.

The Tigers head to Kansas City for a four-game set against the Royals. Tomorrow's game is set for 8:10 Eastern.

Bottom 8th: White Sox add run

Buck Farmer replaced Anibal Sanchez (four pitches) to start the bottom of the eighth, and issued a walk to Avisail Garcia with one out. Garcia scored when J.B. Shuck tripled to center field. Going to the ninth, the White Sox have a 5-3 lead over the Tigers. J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton and James McCann are due up for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

Top 8th: Sale lifted, Tigers blanked

The Tigers were unable to register a hit on White Sox reliever Nate Jones, who replaced ace Chris Sale to start the eighth inning. Cameron Maybin and Miguel Cabrera flew out to right field, before Nick Castellanos struck out swinging. After seven and a half, the Tigers are down 4-3.

Sale went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking one.

Bottom 7th: White Sox retake lead

After giving up a leadoff single to Tim Anderson, Pelfrey was lifted for left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy. Hardy gave up a ground-rule double to left-handed batter Adam Eaton -- who going into the at-bat was hitting .348 against lefties, as opposed to only .246 against righties. Jose Abreu was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out. Hardy struck out Melky Cabrera swinging, before giving way to Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez's first batter, Todd Frazier hit a sac fly, scoring Anderson (Pelfrey's runner), before Dioner Navarro flew out to J.D. Martinez. After seven, the White Sox have a 4-3 lead.

Pelfrey went six-plus innings (90 pitches), giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out only one batter, and walked two.

Top 7th: Game stays tied

White Sox ace Chris Sale set the Tigers down in order in the top of the seventh inning. He got Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias to ground out before striking out Ian Kinsler swinging to end the frame. After seven, Sale has seven strikeouts to go with three runs on six hits. He's walked one. Going to the bottom of the seventh, it's 3-3.

Bottom 6th: Double play saves Pelfrey

Chicago White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro, left, takes a throw from center fielder J.B. Shuck and tags out Detroit Tigers' James McCann at home during the third inning.

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey was able to keep the White Sox off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. For the White Sox, a single from Avisail Garcia with one out turned out to be for naught, as he was erased on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of J.B. Shuck. After six innings, the Tigers and White Sox are tied at 3. White Sox ace Chris Sale will face Mike Aviles, Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler to start the seventh.

Top 6th: Tigers bats quiet

The only offense for the Tigers off White Sox ace Chris Sale came from Justin Upton, who hit a single with two outs. He was stranded, however, when James McCann struck out to end the half inning. Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey, who has not pitched a good game, is coming back out to pitch in the bottom of the sixth. The game is tied, 3-3.

Bottom 5th: ChiSox get to Pelfrey, again

Mike Pelfrey might not be able to catch a break after all. After Tim Anderson's leadoff line drive dropped and J.D. Martinez misplayed it, turning a single into a triple, Adam Eaton grounded out to first, scoring Anderson. Pelfrey managed to get two outs before Melky Cabrera doubled, and Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch. The Tigers escaped further trouble, but the game is tied 3-3 after five.

Top 5th: Tigers go scoreless

The Tigers did not score in the top of the fifth inning. White Sox ace Chris Sale started fast, getting Jose Iglesias to foul out to Todd Frazier at third base. Sale then hit Ian Kinsler, who was erased when Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder's choice -- just legging out a would-be double play. Miguel Cabrera struck out to end the half inning. Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey has a 3-2 lead going to the bottom of the fifth, and will face the top of the White Sox order.

Bottom 4th: White Sox chip away

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey's struggles returned in the bottom of the fourth inning. After walking Todd Frazier and giving up a double to Dioner Navarro, putting runners at second and third with nobody out, Brett Lawrie grounded out to first base, scoring Frazier. Pelfrey settled back in, and got the next three outs in order -- including an Avisail Garcia strikeout. After four, the Tigers are ahead 3-2.

Top 4th: Sale retires side

After giving up three runs in the third inning, White Sox ace Chris Sale worked quickly to set the Tigers down in the fourth. Justin Upton struck out looking, with one out, for the second time in the game. After three and a half, the Tigers lead 3-1.

Bottom 3rd: White Sox get single, no more

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey, despite giving up a 1-out single to Adam Eaton, seemed to settle down in the bottom of the third inning. He induced two ground outs and a fly out, stranding Eaton at first. After three, the Tigers are on top, 3-1.

Top 3rd: Tigers take 3-1 lead

The Tigers got to White Sox ace Chris Sale in the top of the third inning. Tigers catcher James McCann led off the inning with a double -- the first hit of the night for Detroit. Left fielder Mike Aviles followed with another double, before being thrown out at home by center fielder J.B. Shuck. Jose Iglesias followed with a 2-run home run, putting the Tigers ahead. Ian Kinsler followed the homer with a double to the gap in right center. After Cameron Maybin grounded out, Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked to put runners at the corners with two outs. Nick Castellanos drove in Kinsler before J.D. Martinez struck out to end the threat. After two and a half, the Tigers lead 3-1.

Bottom 2nd: Pelfrey calms down

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey walked Dioner Navarro to lead off the bottom of the second inning. After Brett Lawrie flew out to center fielder Cameron Maybin, Pelfrey was able to get Avasail Garcia to ground into a broken bat fielder's choice, retiring Navarro. J.B. Shuck grounded out to second baseman Ian Kinsler, ending the inning and stranding a baserunner. After three, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 1-0.

Top 2nd: Tigers go in order, again

White Sox ace Chris Sale has made short work of the Tigers, thus far. He retired the side for the second straight inning, getting Nick Castellanos flew out to center field, before J.D. Martinez grounded out to third baseman Todd Frazier and Justin Upton struck out swinging on a low third strike. After one and a half, the Tigers trail 1-0.

Bottom 1st: White Sox score first

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey's first inning woes did not take a night off on Wednesday. He allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the first. Tim Anderson hit an infield single before Pelfrey plunked Adam Eaton on a 2-2 pitch. Jose Abreu grounded into what might be the best looking fielder's choice of the year -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias made a backhanded flip out of his glove to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who caught the throw with his throwing hand and threw to first. Abreu was safe. Melky Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to a sliding Cameron Maybin in center field, scoring Anderson, before Todd Frazier grounded out to end the inning. After one, the White Sox lead 1-0.

Top 1st: Sale sets Tigers down 1-2-3

White Sox ace Chris Sale worked quickly in the top of the first, setting the Tigers down easily. Ian Kinsler (shortstop) and Cameron Maybin (first base) each grounded out softly, before Miguel Cabrera flew out to end the half inning. Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey takes the mound in the bottom of the first, with the game scoreless.

How to watch: Tigers at White Sox

Chicago ace Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87 ERA) and RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68) square off for the second time in 11 days in Wednesday night’s series finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale took his second loss in the June 4 meeting after allowing four runs in 6⅓ innings in a 7-4 loss.

“How can you not be frustrated?’’ Sale told “We are not winning. We are not playing well. We are losing.’’

Pelfrey gave up three runs in the first inning of his last start against the Yankees and then allowed three hits and an unearned run the next 5⅔ innings.

He has induced 11 double-play ground balls, third in the American League.

The Tigers are coming off last night's 11-8 victory in Chicago. Here's Chris McCosky's coverage.

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Here's the photo gallery

Tigers lineup

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Nick Castellanos, 3B

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, DH

7. James McCann, C

8. Mike Aviles, LF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Mike Pelfrey

White Sox lineup

1. Tim Anderson, SS

2. Adam Eaton, RF

3. Jose Abreu, 1B

4. Melky Cabrera, LF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Brett Lawrie, 2B

8. Avisail Garcia, DH

9. J.B. Shuck, CF

Chris Sale


When: Wednesday, 8:10 p.m.

Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

Pitching matchup: Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey (1-6, 4.68)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI Internet 849