Despite a strong seven inning, seven strikeout performance by Sox left-hander Hector Santiago the Sox dropped their eighth straight game, tying a season high. The Sox (40-67) fell to 27 games under .500.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the fourth with Jose Igesias singling a line drive to right fielder Alex Rios to score Prince Fielder. Igesias made his first career start Friday, replacing star third baseman Miguel Cabrera who reported feeling discomfort while running.
In the fifth Austin Jackson hit a solo home run off Santiago to extend the Tigers’ lead to 2-0.
Alexei Ramirez hit a double off Tigers’ starter Doug Fister with two outs in the sixth and scored on a Rios single. Rios was tagged out by Fielder in a rundown after failing to advance to second.
Left hander John Danks (2-8, 4.57 ERA) will face off against Tigers’ ace Max Scherzer (15-1, 3.01 ERA) in game two of the three game set in Detroit at 6:08 p.m. CT (WGN).