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The Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Tigers jump out to early lead en route to 7-2 victory over White Sox

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers' aggressive approach at the plate against White Sox starter Hector Noesi paid off in a six-run first inning.

The Tigers had combined to score six runs over a four-game losing streak entering Wednesday's game against the White Sox at Comerica Park. But they pounded out six runs on the first 22 pitches they saw from Noesi and went on to beat the White Sox, 7-2.

The Tigers scored the six runs over a span of four pitches.

Max Scherzer improved to 4-0 against the White Sox this season, allowing five hits with one walk and one earned run over seven innings with six strikeouts. He has allowed 19 hits, eight walks and three earned runs over 28 innings with 31 strikeouts against the White Sox this season.

Tigers rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos, who missed Tuesday's 11-4 loss to the White Sox with a right index finger contusion, hit a three-run home run and finished with career-high four RBIs.

Austin Jackson made the first two outs of the first inning, as the other eight hitters reached base.

Noesi gave up a single to Ian Kinsler and a walk to Miguel Cabrera, before Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez each hit RBI singles. Then, Castellanos hit a three-run home run to right.

Alex Avila followed with a walk and Andrew Romine singled, before Jackson and Kinsler each popped out to second.

The Tigers had the bases loaded in the second inning with one out, but couldn't add to their lead. Castellanos struck out swinging and Avila grounded out to second.

Castellanos added an RBI single in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 7-1 lead.

Noesi helped save the bullpen for the White Sox by going six innings. He allowed 10 hits, three walks and six earned runs with three strikeouts.

Scherzer faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings, despite giving up a pair of singles to leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. The White Sox grounded into double plays after Eaton singled in the first and third innings.

Scherzer had limited the White Sox to three hits over the first six innings, before giving up back-to-back singles to Alexei Ramirez and rookie Jose Abreu in the seventh inning.

Abreu's single extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games. He has hit safely in 37 of his past 38 games. Abreu's 19-game hitting streak ties him for third longest by a White Sox rookie.

With one out and runners on second and third, Dayan Viciedo hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Ramirez to score. Scherzer then gave up his first walk of the game, to Conor Gillaspie. That prompted a mound visit by pitching coach Jeff Jones, before Scherzer got Gordon Beckham to fly out to left.

Adam Dunn hit a solo home run to right with one out in the ninth off reliever Al Alburquerque.

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