September 1, 2014 in Sports

White Sox defeat error-prone Tigers

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Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in more than a month.
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All those errors added up to one ugly loss for the Detroit Tigers.

Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago White Sox took advantage of visiting Detroit’s shaky defense to beat the Tigers 6-2 on Sunday.

“It’s not always going to go smoothly for us,” starter Rick Porcello said. “We need to find a way to reach down and at the very least show some heart.”

The Tigers are in a race with Kansas City and Cleveland for the A.L. Central championship and they can’t afford letdowns like this.

They committed a season-high four errors and were particularly bad in the early going. That was the difference in the end.

Adam Eaton doubled twice and scored two runs for the White Sox. Carlos Sanchez had two hits and also scored twice. Avisail Garcia singled, doubled and drove in two.

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and the White Sox won after dropping 10 of 12.

It didn’t hurt that the Tigers held Miguel Cabrera out of the lineup because of a sore right foot. He left the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader and is day to day. But the biggest issue for Detroit was its defense, particularly in the early going.

“I don’t know if it was the worst (game), but it was certainly up there,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3: Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game and the host Toronto Blue Jays erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-3.

Derek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. With the sellout crowd of 45,678 on its feet, Jeter popped up with a runner on third for the final out in his last regular-season at-bat in Toronto.

Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but New York lost its second straight. Gardner also had a big opportunity in the ninth, grounding out with a runner on second to bring up Jeter.

Indians at Royals: Cleveland’s game at Kansas City was suspended because of rain with the Indians leading 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.

The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of a three-game series between the A.L. Central rivals.

Clearing the bases

The Oakland Athletics have acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox, hoping to boost their lineup for the final stretch. In return, the White Sox acquired minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. The Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. Dunn has 460 career homers. But he struggled in four seasons with the White Sox. … The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named. Milwaukee announced the move to bolster its bullpen before Sunday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances this season.

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