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.