DETROIT - DETROIT (AP) — Tarik Skubal pitched five scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Matt Vierling homered and scored twice for Detroit.
Skubal (5-3) allowed two hits while striking out nine. It was his second win over the White Sox in six days, having held them to two runs on seven hits Sunday.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 09: Matt Vierling #8 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the bottom of the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 09, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Get
Alex Lange got four outs for his 22nd save.
Jose Ureña (0-5) made his Chicago debut, permitting one run and four hits in four innings.
The White Sox struck out 15 times.
Chicago had two on with none out in the first, but Skubal struck out Luis Robert Jr. and Yoán Moncada on his way to escaping the inning.
The Tigers left runners on second and third in their half of the first, but took the lead in the second. With one out, Jake Rogers singled, went to second on Zack Short’s walk, moved to third on Akil Baddoo’s groundout and scored on Zach McKinstry’s single.
That was the only run until White Sox reliever Luis Patiño ran into trouble in the sixth. He allowed a leadoff single to Vierling, then walked Tyler Nevin and Rogers to load the bases with one out.
Short drew the third walk of the inning, forcing home Vierling. Patiño recovered to strike out Baddoo and retire Andy Ibañez, keeping the score 2-0.
Vierling made it 3-0 with a seventh-inning homer off Michael Kopech.
Yasmani Grandal led off the White Sox eighth with a pinch-hit double against Jason Foley and scored on Robert’s two-out single. An error by Short at shortstop put the potential tying runs on base, but Lange came out of the bullpen to retire Moncada.
Nevin was on base four times without a hit. He grounded into a force play in the first, was hit by a pitch in the fourth, then walked in the sixth and seventh.
COMING OUT OF THE ‘PEN
Kopech made his first relief appearance since 2021, retiring his first two batters before Vierling’s homer. He had walked 22 hitters in his last 18 innings, allowing 19 runs. Kopech walked five while only getting five outs against the Tigers on Sunday. He is expected to remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season.
RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long will make his major league debut for the Tigers on Sunday, pitching against Jesse Scholtens (1-7, 4.38 ERA) and the White Sox.