The Sox got off to a fast start Sunday in their quest to sweep the rival Detroit Tigers. Alex Rios hit a double that knocked in one, followed by a sacrifice fly from A.J. Pierzynski, and an RBI single from Gordon Beckham. Two innings in to the game and the Sox had a 3-0 lead. That it would be it for the Sox offense and the Tigers would come back to win the series finale 4-3.
Philip Humber took the loss for the Sox Sunday. Humber seemed to run out of gas in the sixth inning when the Tigers battled back to take the lead. The Sox righty went five and two-thirds and allowed four runs on seven hits to go along with eight strikeouts. Humber fell to 8-6 on the season.
Brad Penny bounced back to get the win for the Tigers. After a slow start, Penny settled down and went six and two-thirds allowing three runs on nine hits. The Tigers veteran is now 7-6 on the season and is 3-0 against the Sox.
This was a very important series for the Sox. They have struggled against the Tigers the past few seasons and a series win is huge. The two teams will meet nine more times this season.
The Sox will continue their road trip with a stop in Kansas City. First game of the three-game series is Monday night.