CHICAGO (AP) — An error by Detroit second baseman Omar Infante gave the Chicago White Sox the opening they needed against a pitcher who had been so tough on them all season — the Tigers' Rick Porcello.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland didn't see his team's sloppy defense as the biggest factor Monday night in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox that increased Chicago's lead to three games in the AL Central.
"It's pretty simple. We just didn't play a real good game defensively and of course we only got the one run again. That pretty much sums it up," Leyland said.
"Omar missed a groundball, but that's just part of the game," Leyland added. "Unfortunately we put Rick in a tough bind. When you're scoring one, two runs a game, you can hardly blame your defense for what's going on. Right now we're just not scoring runs."
Detroit has now dropped four straight and managed a total of six runs in those losses.
"We know what's at stake here," Leyland said. "We had some chances early, but we didn't take advantage of them."
Delmon Young, who led Detroit's three-game sweep of the White Sox at Comerica Park a little more than a week ago, continued his tear with a one-out single in the second, moved on up a wild pitch and scored on Jhonny Peralta's RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
Peralta was thrown out trying to stretch or it could have an even bigger inning since Avisail Garcia and Infante followed with infield singles before Chicago starter Jose Quintana got the third out.
Detroit also had first and second with no outs in the third before Quintana got Miguel Cabrera to hit into a double play.
"As soon as he got that double play, he settled down. It was the biggest play of the game," A.J. Pierzynski said.
"He (Cabera) is probably the best hitter in baseball right now. You could see Q's confidence grow and you kind of see the team's confidence grow," he said. "This is probably the biggest game he ever pitched in his life."
Chicago, held to two hits through five innings and 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position at that point, broke through in the sixth after Infante's error when Alex Rios and Pierzynski hit back-to-back homers. Gordon Beckham added another two-run drive in the eighth.