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Tigers Vs. White Sox: Detroit Gains Ground In AL Central After 7-4 Win

After the Chicago White Sox had battled back to tie Friday's game twice, a three-run double by Delmon Young of the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning helped Detroit beat Chicago to move within two games of the White Sox in the AL Central standings.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run home run by Miguel Cabrera. The White Sox cut it to 2-1 in the second on a home run by A.J. Pierzynski. An RBI double by Andy Dirks in the second put the Tigers up 3-1, and an RBI groundout by Paul Konerko in the third cut the lead to 3-2. The White Sox tied it when Dewayne Wise was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth. Jhonny Peralta homered in the bottom of the fourth, but Konerko tied it at 4-4 with a sac fly in the fifth.

Jake Peavy (9-10, 3.28 ERA) took the loss. He gave up six earned runs in six innings. Peavy walked Dirks and allowed a single to Cabrera in the bottom of the seventh. He was relieved by Matt Thornton, who hit Prince Fielder with a pitch and then allowed the double to Young.

Octavio Dotel (5-2, 2.88 ERA) picked up the win in relief of starter Doug Fister, who gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in five innings. Jose Valverde picked up his 27th save after pitching a scoreless ninth.

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