DETROIT -- The Tigers stretched their season-high winning streak to seven games by stretching out one extra-base hit after another against the White Sox. Triples from Andrew Romine and Cameron Maybin fueled a six-run fifth inning before Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer put away an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
The win, combined with an Indians loss to the Twins, moved the Tigers within three games of the Tribe in the American League Central. Detroit moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2014 season. Chicago lost for the fifth time in its last six games, and 13th time in its last 19.
Dioner Navarro's fourth-inning RBI single and James Shields' stingy first four innings had the White Sox in line to spoil the Tigers' winning ways. But after Anibal Sanchez thwarted Chicago's threat to add on in the fifth, Detroit's offense backed him up in the bottom half with seven hits, four of them for extra bases. James McCann's two-run single punctuated the surge.
"Just overall, they did a good job of moving the chains, so to speak," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "They kept the line moving."
Cabrera's third home run in two games was an opposite-field loft off Matt Albers for his 24th homer of the season, six more than last year and one shy of his 2014 total. He went 3-for-5. Victor Martinez added his 18th homer of the season with an eighth-inning solo shot. Former Tiger Avisail Garciahomered twice for the Sox, while Todd Frazier hit his 30th to move even with Baltimore's Mark Trumbo for the Major League lead.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Triples threat: Shields held the Tigers scoreless on two singles through the first four innings, but Romine jumped his first pitch of the fifth inning and sent it for a ride to the center-field wall, putting him on third base for Jose Iglesias' game-tying sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Cameron Maybin's shot down the left-field line scored Ian Kinsler and put Maybin on third.
Tilson leaves, Garcia homers:Charlie Tilson began his Major League debut by picking up a third-inning single in his first career at-bat. Then his debut was cut short in the fifth inning when he was injured while chasing down a Cabrera fly ball in center field. The Sox announced Tilson suffered a strained left hamstring and will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Garcia entered as his replacement and hit a two-run homer to left-center field in the seventh inning and a solo shot in the ninth, which gave him his fourth career multi-homer game.
Sneaky Sanchez: The big inning plagued Sanchez in many a start this season, and the White Sox, already with a 1-0 lead, seemed to have the makings of one in the fifth after Tyler Saladino's leadoff single and Adam Eaton's walk. Instead, Sanchez's alert play to catch Saladino breaking for third started him down the path to escape, including a Tim Anderson popout and a Melky Cabrera flyout to the left-field warning track.
"For me, that's the key to the game," Sanchez said. "Those two guys [on base] were fast. Take one of those guys out, put me with one out and a runner on second. Anderson popped out in the foul zone, and after that, I just want to throw a really good pitch to get out of the inning." More >
Shields falters in fifth: Shields had allowed just two hits and five total baserunners through four innings before the Tigers tagged him for six runs on seven more hits. He appeared to have settled down after a tough start to his White Sox tenure, turning in six consecutive quality starts. Tuesday was the first time he allowed more than three earned runs since doing so in his first three starts after being traded from the Padres.
While the Tigers only had two hits off Shields before the fifth inning, they were hitting the ball on the screws for some hard-hit outs, including seven fly balls. Ventura said Shields' letdown in the fifth could have had something to do with his extended time off. Shields was pitching on six days' rest.
"I know these guys like going every five or six days, but we had an extended one just the way our rotation worked out," Ventura said. "It's a tough one. He's been pitching great."
"Last week, he was washed up, wasn't he? He's still a pretty good hitter." -- Ausmus, joking about media coverage of Cabrera's slump, when asked about his recent upswing
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Cabrera fell a triple shy of the cycle Tuesday for the 31st time in his Major League career. Cabrera has 17 career triples, one of which came in a game when he fell a double shy of the cycle.
REPLAY REVIEW Tyler Collins was called out stealing second after his leadoff single in the second inning, but the Tigers challenged the call, thinking the replay showed Collins might have reached the bag ahead of Anderson applying his tag. After a two-minute and 10-second review, however, the ruling was that the play stands.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox:Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. CT at Comerica Park. He is 1-1 against the Tigers this season, most recently picking up a win when he allowed three earned runs over seven innings in Chicago.
Tigers:Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50) takes the mound opposite Sale on Tuesday, looking to avenge a rough no-decision in Chicago, where the White Sox chased him after five innings with help from a Justin Morneau three-run homer. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET.