Mark Buehrle pitched a quality start, and Carlos Quentin hit a clutch home run as the Sox snapped their losing streak against the Tigers and nabbed a victory on Friday night.
Buehrle threw six innings, giving up just three runs on ten hits and a walk. He struck out four. His only real trouble came when he gave up a three run shot to Casper Wells in the fifth inning.
Though the Sox were playing without Paul Konerko, who was recovering from an operation to remove bone fragments from his wrist, they still managed to generate enough offense to overcome the Tigers. They went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position over the first three innings, though they had many chances against young Tigers starter Andrew Oliver. Oliver threw just 3.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks while striking out two.
But, a timely home run from Carlos Quentin in the 4th inning chased Oliver from the ballgame and extended the Sox lead to 4-0. The Sox would add another run in the fifth and one in the eighth, which was enough for Sergio Santos to close out the game for his tenth save of the season.
The Sox will try to win their fifth game in a row on Saturday at the Cell. First pitch will be at 6:10 P.M., CDT.
The White Sox will see the Detroit Tigers again this season, searching for their first win against the club, whom they've lost nine straight to by a combined margin of 65-20. The Sox are currently 8 1/2 games behind the first place Cleveland Indians and 3 1/2 games behind second place Detroit.
Pitching for Chicago will be Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has largely righted his ship this season and is currently 4-4 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He's coming off of a start at Toronto in which he gave up three runs on nine hits over 7.0 innings. In his last game against the Tigers the season, Buehrle pitched 5.2 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. In that game, Alex Avila was 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Ryan Raburn was 1-for-3 with a home run.
The Tigers will counter with Andrew Oliver. Oliver will be making his second start of the year after pitching his major league debut against the Red Sox. In that game, he received a no-decision, but gave up just three runs on five hits over six innings.
The weather in Chicago is expected to be clear and warm, with a game time temperature in the mid-80s. First pitch will be at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-D.