Tigers 3, White Sox 0

The Chicago White Sox are falling behind in the American League
Central – and wasting some nice outings by John Danks.

Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight outstanding innings, and
the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 3-0 on Sunday to finish a
three-game sweep of the struggling White Sox. Danks allowed three
runs through six innings and struck out eight, but the White Sox
have lost all five of his starts this season.

”I tried to keep us in position to win the game, but Max
Scherzer is pretty darn good,” Danks said. ”It is way too early
to start fretting. We aren’t helping ourselves right now,
obviously, but we know this is a good team.”

Manager Ozzie Guillen certainly hopes that’s the case, but he’s
running out of patience. The White Sox have lost 10 of 11 and are
now 8-14 on the season, in last place in the division.

They now must head to New York for a four-game series against
the Yankees.

”Nothing works,” Guillen said. ”I’ll keep plugging guys in
and hope things come around, but now every day is like rewinding a
movie and watching it again.”

Scherzer (4-0) struck out seven and walked three, helping
Detroit shut out Chicago for a second straight day. After Brad
Penny took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Saturday, Scherzer
made it to the fifth with one before allowing A.J. Pierzynski’s
leadoff single.

He left after 104 pitches, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth
for his fifth save.

Danks (0-3) allowed nine hits and two walks. His ERA is a solid
3.27, and he’s pitched at least six innings in every start.

”It’s unfortunate, because he’s been pitching great every
outing, and we’re not helping him,” Guillen said. ”Not at all,
and it is a shame.”

Detroit has won nine straight over the White Sox.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the fourth after loading the
bases with nobody out. Danks struck out Casper Wells, but Alex
Avila hit a broken-bat groundball to drive in a run.

Brandon Inge and Austin Jackson each hit RBI doubles with two
outs in the sixth. Detroit has bounced back nicely from a 3-7
start. The Tigers are now 12-10, while Chicago and Minnesota – the
other expected contenders in the American League Central – are
below .500.

”Getting guys out there and getting in a groove is really what
you think about,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ”You want to
play good baseball – steady. I think we’re doing that pretty good
right now.”

Detroit’s starting pitchers have led the way with 14 quality
starts in the last 18 games. The Tigers allowed three solo homers
Friday night, but that was all for Chicago, which was outscored
21-3 in the series.

The White Sox finished with five hits Sunday, and two of them
didn’t leave the infield. Pierzynski and Juan Pierre had two hits
each for Chicago, but the White Sox didn’t get a runner past second
base.

Jackson and Brennan Boesch had two hits each for the Tigers.

NOTES: Jake Peavy threw a side session Sunday of at least 40
pitches and reported no issues. The Chicago right-hander has been
bothered by muscle tenderness and irritation in his surgically
repaired throwing shoulder. ”It’s hard to be talking about this
when the team is struggling like this,” Peavy said. ”I let it go
today and everything checked out. I’m excited about the progress.”
… Chicago’s Omar Vizquel started at 2B on his 44th birthday. ”I
don’t think too many people think at the age of 44 they’ll still be
playing baseball,” he said before the game. ”I’m still having
fun. That’s the main thing.” … Detroit DH Magglio Ordonez
singled in the fifth and is now 15 for 26 against Danks. … White
Sox DH Adam Dunn drew his 1,000th walk in the fourth. … The time
of game was 2 hours, 19 minutes.