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Tigers Vs. White Sox Final: Chicago Takes Series Opener Behind 3 Homers

The Chicago White Sox began their critical four-game series with the Detroit Tigers with a win Monday, thanks to three late home runs.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski hit back-to-back home runs to put Chicago ahead for good. Rios' three-run home run was his 23rd of the season, just one shy from tying his career-high. Gordon Beckham added a two-run home run in the eighth inning to extend Chicago's lead.

Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52 ERA) picked up the win for the White Sox, allowing just one earned run over 7-2/3 innings while striking out seven. Quintana was coming off back-to-back losses where he allowed 12 earned runs over five total innings so the strong start was a nice change.

Rick Porcello started the game for the Tigers, but was unable to survive the sixth inning, exiting after Pierzynski's home run. With the win, Chicago moves three games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central.

The two teams will continue their series Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

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