One day removed from the brawl-ridden win over the Yankees, the Tigers fell to the hosting White Sox 3-2 in walk-off fashion on Friday night.
Yolmer Sanchez drove in the game-winning run for the White Sox in the bottom of the ninth, giving Joe Jimenez the loss.
Justin Verlander had his good stuff working, but didn’t get a decision. He went seven full innings, escaping a couple of jams along the way, allowing two earned runs on six hits. He also struck out eight White Sox (51-76) batters.
Miguel Gonzalez also had a strong start for the White Sox. He went eight full innings, surrendering seven hits and two earned runs while striking out nine.
Both offenses were quiet, for the most part.
Victor Martinez led the way for the Tigers (55-72), going 3-for-4. Detroit finished with seven hits and the White Sox had nine.
Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with the walk-off single to right. Jose Abreu was 2-for-2 with a homer in the first.
Buck Farmer will toe the rubber for the Tigers in Game 2 of the three-game set Saturday evening. Carlos Rodon (2-4, 3.88) will take the mound for the White Sox.
Bottom 9th: White Sox 3, Tigers 2
Joe Jimenez relieved Alex Wilson for the Tigers.
Tim Anderson doubled on a line drive to left. Yolmer Sanchez drove in the walk-off run with a single to right field.
Top 9th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Juan Minaya replaced starter Miguel Gonzalez to start the inning.
Miguel Cabrera fell to 0-for-4 on the day after flying out to right. James McCann grounded to third for the second out. Victor Martinez then struck out swinging.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Alex Wilson came in to replace Justin Verlander.
Tyler Saladino doubled to left to start the inning and Jose Abreu was intentionally walked to set up a potential double play. Avisail Garcia then struck out on a foul tip to the catcher's glove. Kevan Smith grounded into a double play to end the eighth.
Top 8th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Ian Kinsler fell to 0-for-4 on the day wth a groundout to third. Alex Presley then struck out swinging. Justin Upton ended the top half of the inning by popping out to the catcher.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Yolmer Sanchez singled on a line drive to left to start the home half of the seventh. Omar Narvaez then moved Sanchez over to second on a sac bunt. Adam Engel notched an infield single to short, moving Sanchez to third. Alen Hanson popped out to Dixon Machado in foul territory behind third base.
Sanchez was then caught stealing, ending the major seventh-inning threat.
Top 7th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
Victor Martinez notched his third single of the game on a liner to left, beating the shift. Dixon Machado then grounded into a double play to third. Andrew Romine then reached base on a single to right. Jose Iglesias then grounded out to shirt.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 2, White Sox 2
On the first pitch of the home half, Tyler Saladino lined out to short. Jose Abreu recorded the first hit for the White Sox since the third, singling on the first pitch to right. He advanced to second on a Justin Verlander wild pitch.
Avisail Garcia continued to burn his former team, singling to center on a line drive to score Abreu. He then advanced to second on a fielding error by Andrew Romine. Kevan Smith then struck out swinging, followed by a Tim Anderson swinging strikeout to end the sixth.
Top 6th: Tigers 2, White Sox 1
Justin Upton struck out swinging to start the sixth, Miguel Cabrera grounded out to short and James McCann flew out in foul territory to left field for a 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 2, White Sox 1
Omar Narvaez struck out swinging as Justin Verlander continued to cruise after a first-inning homer. Adam Engel was then called out on strikes. Alen Hanson struck out swinging to end the inning.
Top 5th: Tigers 2, White Sox 1
Victor Martinez recorded his second single of the game, this time to center on a line drive. Dixon Machado then struck out looking. Andrew Romine smacked a ground-rule double down the left-field, holding Martinez at third.
Jose Iglesias put the Tigers ahead with a single to left field, plating both Martinez and Romine. Ian Kinsler then grounded out to short on the first pitch. Iglesias advanced to second safely. Alex Presley ended the inning with a groundout to second.
Bottom 4th: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Kevan Smith grounded out to short, Tim Anderson followed suit as Jose Iglesias fired to first for the second out and Yolmer Sanchez grounded out softly back to Justin Verlander.
Top 4th: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Alex Presley led off the fourth with a single to left. Justin Upton then struck out swinging, but Presley stole second base. With a runner in scoring position and one out, Miguel Cabrera lined out to center. James McCann struck out swinging.
Bottom 3rd: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Adam Engel grounded to short for the first out. Alen Hanson then doubled on a line drive to right field on an 0-2 count. Justin Verlander then used his patented quick pickoff throw to second to get Hanson. The White Sox then challenged the play and it was overturned.
Tyler Saladino grounded to short and rather than going to first for the sure out, Jose Iglesias fired to third to get the lead runner (Hanson). Saladino reached first safely on the fielder's choice. Jose Abreu was then intentionally walked.
With runners at first and second, Avisail Garcia grounded to Verlander who tossed back to first for the out.
Top 3rd: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
The Tigers looked to get on the board in the third, but didn't have luck against Miguel Gonzalez.
Andrew Romine flew out to center, Jose Iglesias foul-tipped strike three into the catcher's glove and Ian Kinsler flew out to right for a quick third.
Bottom 2nd: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Justin Verlander had a much quicker inning in the second.
After working a 2-0 count, Tim Anderson lined out to left. Yolmer Sanchez struck out swinging. Omar Narvaez then struck out swinging.
Top 2nd: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Miguel Cabrera, fresh off a scuffle and a pending suspension, flew out to right. James McCann struck out swinging. Victor Martinez got the Tigers into the hit column with a sharp single to right. Dixon Machado flew out to right to end the top half.
Bottom 1st: White Sox 1, Tigers 0
Justin Verlander took the mound for the Tigers.
Alen Hanson popped out to third to start the bottom half. Tyler Saladino followed that up by lining out to center. Jose Abreu then homered to left center.
Avisail Garcia walked with two outs. Kevan Smith struck out swinging on three pitches.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, White Sox 0
Just one day after the infamous scuffle against the Yankees, the Tigers aimed to start the series against the White Sox with their second straight win.
Ian Kinsler struck out looking, Alex Presley flew out to left and Justin Upton struck out looking to end the inning.
The Tigers open a three-game series Friday against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field as part of six-game road swing.
The team closed out its home stand with a 10-6 victory over the Yankees in a brawl-filled game Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Eight players and coaches were ejected after separate three melees in the contest, which was sparked after Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer plunked Yankees batter Gary Sanchez in the fifth.
That prompted Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle to throw behind Tigers batter Miguel Cabrera, who got into an into an argument and then into fight with catcher Austin Romine. The battle royal was on as two more bench-emptying incidents followed.
Tigers vs. White Sox
First pitch: 8:10 p.m., Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit, 97.1 FM
Pitchers: Tigers, Justin Verlander (9-8, 3.96); White Sox, Miguel Gonzalez (7-10, 4.74)
Records: Tigers are 55-71, in fourth place and 15 games behind the Indians in the AL Central. The White Sox are 50-76, in fifth place and 17 games back of the Indians.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, RF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. Victor Martinez, DH
7. James McCann, C
8. Andrew Romine, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Justin Verlander, SP
1. Alen Hanson, DH
2. Tyler Saladino, 3B
3. Jose Abreu, 1B
4. Avisail Garcia, RF
5. Nicky Delmonico, LF
6. Kevan Smith, C
7. Tim Anderson, SS
8. Yolmer Sanchez, 2B
9. Adam Engel, CF
Miguel Gonzalez - SP