The Tigers have scored 39 runs in the last four games.
”It’s really starting to be fun around here,” Maybin said. ”We’re tough on any starting pitcher, and it is beginning to show.”
Avisail Garcia, who entered in the fifth inning, homered twice and Todd Frazier hit his 30th for Chicago.
”You hate coming into a game because of an injury, but I wanted to take the chance I got,” said Garcia, who began his career with the Tigers. ”It felt great to hit those two balls hard.”
James Shields (3-6) held the Tigers scoreless for the first four innings, then got hit hard in the fifth. He had allowed only five runs in his previous four starts combined, and manager Robin Ventura thought a six-day layoff might have been the problem.
”He’s been great, but you know that starters like to keep in that rhythm when they are going good,” Ventura said. ”The way our rotation worked out, he had that extended rest, and he just didn’t have it tonight.”
The White Sox broke a scoreless tie on Dioner Navarro’s RBI single in the fourth. Sanchez, though, retired Charlie Tilson with runners at the corners to end the inning.
Chicago put its first two batters on in the fifth, but Sanchez picked off Tyler Saladino and worked out of the jam. The Tigers took advantage in the bottom of the inning.
Romine, getting a rare start at third base in place of Nick Castellanos, led off with a triple and scored on Jose Iglesias’ sacrifice fly. Ian Kinsler singled and Maybin tripled into the left-field corner to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Cabrera’s double gave Detroit a two-run advantage, and Martinez followed with Detroit’s fourth extra-base hit of the inning, an RBI double.
Justin Upton singled, and after Shields finally got the second out, James McCann made it 6-1 with a two-run single.
Cabrera added a two-run homer in the sixth.
Garcia hit a two-run shot off Shane Greene in the seventh, but Kinsler had a two-run single to make it 10-3.
Frazier homered in the eighth to tie Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo for the major league lead.
After Martinez connected in the Tigers eighth, Garcia hit one estimated at 465 feet off Mark Lowe.
”We’ve always known that Avi has the potential to hit balls like that, and it is great to see him start to do it,” Ventura said. ”He’s a big kid, and he’s finally putting it all together.”
White Sox: Tilson, playing his first major league game, had to be helped off the field in the fifth after straining his left hamstring while chasing Cabrera’s double. His leg buckled under him, and Adam Eaton had to field the ball in right-center while Tilson was lying on the field. Ventura said after the game that Tilson was undergoing tests, with results expected Wednesday.
Tigers: Detroit got good news on all three of its injured players. LHP Daniel Norris (oblique) was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where he will prep as Detroit’s sixth starter. RF J.D. Martinez (elbow) will be activated for Wednesday’s game and Zimmermann (neck) will start on Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians will be without All-Star pitcher Danny Salazar for two to three weeks, a blow to the momentum of the AL Central leaders.
Salazar (11-4) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Tuesday, a day after the shortest outing of his career. An MRI showed no structural damage and Salazar won’t throw for five to seven days.
”We’re pretty confident that just about when his DL time is up, he’ll be ready to resume starting again,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Salazar lasted two innings and allowed six runs, including three homers, against Minnesota in a 12-5 defeat Monday.
The loss was his first since May 22. He told reporters his elbow had bothered him for several weeks. The right-hander has an 8.84 ERA over his past four starts, totaling only 18 1/3 innings.