White Sox Beat Tigers, 6-1, With 3 Home Runs

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox pats teammate Alex Rios #51 on the head after the pair hit back-to-back home runs during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on September 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Rios's three-run shot scored Dewayne Wise #28 and Paul Konerko #14 while Pierzynski hit a solo home run. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

The White Sox used the long ball to take a three-game lead over Detroit in the division standings.

Two errors by Detroit and two home runs for Chicago capped a four-run swing in the sixth inning as the White Sox defeated the Tigers, 6-1, Monday night in Chicago.

The win moves the Sox three games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central after the series-opening win.

The Tigers scored first on an RBI single from Jhonny Peralta. In the sixth, Alex Rios hit a three-run home run and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a solo shot two pitches later to extend the lead to 4-1. It was a disaster inning for Detroit, as starter Rick Porcello had pitched well up to that point and the Tigers' defense committed two errors in the frame.

A two-run home run in the eighth from Gordon Beckham put the game away.

White Sox starter Jose Quintana allowed one earned run on seven hits over 7 ⅓ innings in the start and recorded the win. Rios went 2-for-4 and Beckham went 2-for-3. Eight of the nine batters in Detroit's lineup had one hit.

For more on the Tigers, be sure to visit Bless You Boys. Additional coverage on the White Sox can be found at South Side Sox, while Baseball Nation is the place to go for all things MLB.

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