The Detroit Tigers took on the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers snagged Game 1, but Game 2 of 3 was a different story.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but they fell off the tracks and ended up losing, 12-3. The Tigers were out-hit 17-to-seven in the loss.
The third and fourth innings proved the be the difference maker for the White Sox.
"I thought those guys proved how much they trust in having good at-bats, a lot of competitive at-bats today," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Just some big at-bats in there with guys on base that added up to a pretty nice game."
Melky Cabrera doubled to deep right to score Adam Eaton. Then, Adam LaRoche launched a homer to right. It was a three-run shot.
In the fourth inning, Cabrera singled to right to score Alexi Ramirez. Just seconds later, Jose Abreu launched a towering grand slam to put Chicago ahead, 9-1.
"Everybody knows what we are capable of doing. It was a good day for us," Abreu said through an interpreter. "I hope we can keep this momentum for the next one. Not saying that we can do again what we did today, but we can do damage."
The team in white and black was not done yet. In that same inning, Conor Gillaspie singled to right to score LaRoche and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to score former Tiger Avasial Garcia.
The Tigers scored just three runs in the contest. Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single in the first. Nick Castellanos racked up an RBI in the ninth and J.D. Martinez went deep to right field in the fourth inning.
Anibal Sanchez took the loss and is now 1-2. He gave up nine earned runs on nine hits and two walks. Sanchez threw 80 pitches and struck out just two. He now has a 7.71 ERA on the season.
Chris Sale was very dominant in his second start for the White Sox, which makes him 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the season.
"(That many runs) really takes the pressure off," Sale said. "You still have to go out there and go through it but it makes a difference."
Sale went 6.0 innings and gave up just two earned runs on four hits and one walk. He added six strikeouts to his name.
"We did put it together early," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Really when you're going through offensive lows in terms of scoring runs like we have and you're still able to walk away with victories, I think that's a huge plus."
Both parties will square off in Sunday's series finale at 1:08 PM EST. The game will decide the winner of the three game series. Righy Shane Greene will start for Detroit, he is 2-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA. Lefty Jose Quintana will start for Chicago. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA.