White Sox strike early, coast to win over Tigers

White Sox strike early, coast to win over Tigers

DETROIT -- Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson homered, Tim Anderson set a career high with four hits and Alen Hanson scored three times, pacing the White Sox to their second offensive onslaught in three days at Comerica Park for a 10-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

The victory brought Chicago back within a game of Detroit for fourth place in the American League Central.

Delmonico's two-run homer in the opening inning, his eighth home run of the year, paced an early attack against Tigers starter Myles Jaye (1-2), who yielded six runs (five earned) on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Chicago kept up the pressure with Davidson's 25th homer, a fifth-inning solo shot off Joe Jimenez, and a pair of manufactured runs in the seventh to get to double digits.

Davidson's solo home run

Davidson is 6-for-13 with six RBIs through in this series. Yoan Moncada added two singles and two RBIs, improving to 7-for-14 with seven runs scored in the three games.

Moncada's RBI single, two score

James McCann hit a two-run triple in a three-run second inning, part of a three-hit game for him, but the Tigers couldn't keep pace against White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez (2-3).

Lopez, fighting a bad cold, allowed four runs across a season-high seven innings. He labored through a 31-pitch fourth inning, but bounced back to record his second straight win.

Lopez escapes a jam in the 5th

"I battled a lot," Lopez said. "It was a constant battle for me but I think it was, under the circumstances, a very good outing. I'm proud of myself because I was able to battle through that discomfort I was feeling."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Delmonico stakes Sox to lead: Jaye retired the first two batters in both of his innings before succumbing to a half-dozen two-out runs. The first two of them came after Jose Abreu's walk on a 3-2 pitch brought up Delmonico, who turned on a first-pitch fastball and laced a 106.7-mph liner just over the right-field fence for a 2-0 lead in the first.

Delmonico's two-run home run

Fourteen pitches, one big hit: Lopez had an 0-2 count on Mikie Mahtook in the fourth inning and was a pitch away from stranding a leadoff runner at first base. Instead, Mahtook took a couple close pitches for balls and fouled off eight others to keep his at-bat alive before sending a line drive into the gap in right-center field, scoring Jeimer Candelario from first base to cut Chicago's lead to 7-4.

Mahtook's RBI triple

"It was a great at-bat," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "If we could've gotten that run in, could've pushed Mahtook across the plate to make it a two-run game, I think that would've made a big difference going forward."

QUOTABLE
"They've been doing a nice job. It's still a process, it's still something that's going to continue to develop. We're happy to see some of the things going on right now." -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria, on the offensive roll his team has been on, posting 37 runs and 42 hits in the last three games

"You have to find a way to grind through. You have to find a way to battle it out. The big thing that we talk about is you have to find a way to have some fun. You have to find a way to smile through it all because, with the amount of failure that's in this game, it's very easy to be negative. It's very easy to let it affect who you are as a person, let it affect your game, and that's something you try to resonate with the team. You have to find a way to take positives." -- McCann, on the Tigers fighting through a rough September

Tigers' Norris encouraged as he works to find old form

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW
The White Sox challenged a ninth-inning leadoff infield single from Jose Iglesias, arguing that third baseman Yolmer Sanchez's barehanded grab and throw beat Iglesias to the bag. After a 26-second review, the call was overturned and Iglesias was ruled out.

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Dylan Covey (0-5, 7.90) gets the start Sunday as the White Sox look for their 11th win against the Tigers in the 19th and final game of the season series. Game time is 12:10 p.m. CT. Covey is searching for his first career Major League win.

Tigers: Matthew Boyd (5-10, 5.75) takes the mound for Sunday's series finale looking for his first win since July 29, and his first win ever against the White Sox. First pitch at Comerica Park is set for 1:10 p.m. ET.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.