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Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn (44) is congratulated in the dugout after driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Verlander stellar in Tigers' rout of White Sox

CHICAGO -- Justin Verlander pitched one of his best games of the season and matched his season-high with eight strikeouts.

Verlander allowed nine hits, two walks and one run over seven innings. It was the fourth time he struck out eight batters in a game this season.

The Tigers beat the White Sox, 7-1, on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Verlander improved to 12-11.

The Tigers trailed 1-0 in the first inning, before scoring two runs in the third and five runs in the fourth.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had two errors in the fourth, which helped the Tigers break the game open.

Victor Martinez, who reached on Abreu's first error, scored on a groundout to second by Nick Castellanos. J.D. Martinez scored on a double by Alex Avila. A fielding error by Abreu led to another run. Eugenio Suarez scored when Ian Kinsler reached on a fielder's choice. Torii Hunter followed with an RBI triple to give the Tigers a 7-1 lead.

In the third inning, Ian Kinsler doubled to bring home Ezequiel Carrera and went to third on the throw. Kinsler came home on Hunter's sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers were fortunate to be trailing by just one run after two innings.

Verlander made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that led to the White Sox scoring in the first.

Adam Eaton led off with a single, and with one out went to third on Verlander's throwing error toward first base. After Verlander gave up a walk to Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Eaton.

Former Tiger Avisail Garcia followed with a double and Verlander walked Conor Gillaspie to load the bases with two outs. Verlander got Tyler Flowers to strike out looking at a 96 mph fastball.

Alejandro De Aza led off the second with a double. He tried to squeeze it into a triple, but was thrown out a third on a nice relay throw by Ian Kinsler. Adam Eaton had a one-out double before Alexei Ramirez grounded out to short to end the inning.

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