White Sox fall to Tigers for fourth loss in five games

CHICAGO (AP) –Jeimer Candelario homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Friday night.

The Tigers took a lead by five and hung on after Chicago scored three in the eighth and put two in the ninth, extending their longest winning streak since a seven-game streak last July.

Candelario hit an even two-run homer against Lucas Giolito in the sixth inning and followed it up with a two-out RBI single in the seventh that made it 3-2.

Detroit scored three more in the inning, with Willi Castro adding a single and Javier Báez leading two more with a goal-laden brace against Joe Kelly.

The Tigers got another run in the eighth when Eric Haase singled and center fielder Luis Robert dropped Spencer Torkelson’s long volley, making it 7-2.

The White Sox scored three in the bottom half before pinch hitter Andrew Vaughn hit with runners in the corners to end the rally.

Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (6-7) pitched six solid innings after being battered losing his previous five starts.

The only runs he allowed were on Robert’s towering two-run homer in the first. The southpaw allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Michael Fulmer came out of a jam in the ninth to grab his second save in four chances. The White Sox had runners up first and third after hitting Tim Anderson in the shoulder with one out and AJ Pollock in singles. But Robert hit and José Abreu hit a fly right.

Giolito (5-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and went through the first five innings before things started to go downhill for him.

Abreu extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and a single. But the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (strained left and right Achilles), on a rehab mission, continues to experience pain and was not in the lineup for Triple-A Toledo on Friday. “He wasn’t stopped, but he was slowed down,” manager AJ Hinch said. … RHP Kyle Funkhouser (straight right shoulder) kicked off a bullpen session. Hinch said he felt “good” afterwards. … RHP Matt Manning (right shoulder inflammation) also threw the mound, with Hinch saying his next step could get me a rehab assignment. … RHP Rony García (aching right shoulder) threw a long throw. … The Tigers have RHP Alex Faedo (hip inflammation) penciled in to start one of Monday’s doubleheaders at Kansas City as the 27th man, assuming no setbacks from a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday.

White Sox: OF/1B Andrew Vaughn (ill) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. … The White Sox held 3B Yoán Moncada (bruised right foot) out of the lineup. He played in Thursday’s loss to Detroit after leaving Wednesday’s win over Minnesota.

NEXT

The four-game series continues with Detroit sending RHP Garrett Hill (1-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound and RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 3.30) to Chicago. Hill earned his major league debut by pitching an impressive six innings against Cleveland on Monday. Cueto has a 2.88 ERA in five starts against the Tigers, although he hasn’t faced them since 2015.

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