After spotting Chicago an early 1-0 lead, the Tigers jumped ahead 2-1 with a two-run bottom of the first, and then never really looked back as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead. The Sox cut the lead to 7-3, but the Tigers tacked on five unearned runs in the fifth and put the game away.
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Dylan Axelrod, who was starting in the place of Andre Rienzo due to a blister problem, got chased after 2.2 IP, after allowing seven runs on ten hits. Ramon Trancoso came in and allowed two unearned runs, and David Purcey capped off the Tigers barrage with three runs allowed.
After Scherzer came out following the sixth, Al Alburquerque contributed a scoreless inning, marred only by a walk. José Alvarez struggled a bit in his inning of work, giving up several hard hit balls as he allowed three runs. Luke Putkonen came on for the ninth and finished the game off without allowing a hit; he also collected a strikeout.
The Tigers lower their magic number to three games. Any combo of Tigers wins and Indians losses lowers the number by one game each. As the Indians won tonight in a rain shortened affair, the number will stay at three heading into tomorrow’s game. With the victory, the Tigers have now won 90 or more games for the twentieth time as a franchise.
Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.45 ERA) will take the mound against the Sox’ Cy Young candidate, Chris Sale (11-13, 2.08 ERA). Porcello has two starts left, including tomorrow’s, and has a good chance to win 15 games for the first time in his career.