CHICAGO -- Chris Sale, who leads the American League with a 2.11 ERA, struck out a season-high 13 batters to help the Chicago White Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the first game of Saturday's split doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale out-dueled Detroit ace Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.26).
Manager Robin Ventura decided to use Jose Abreu as the designated hitter instead of at first base in the first game. Abreu responded with three hits.
Before the game, the Sox announced that pitcher Scott Carroll had been optioned to Charlotte and the contract of pitcher Chris Bassitt had been purchased from Birmingham. Eric Surkamp was recalled from Charlotte. The temporary moves were made to accommodate a 26th active player for the doubleheader.
At the plate
The Sox rallied for four runs in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead. Abreu drove in his 98th run of the season with a single and Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double. In the fourth inning, Tyler Flowers hit a solo shot.
On the mound
Scherzer went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (5 earned). He struck out 11.
17: double-digit strikeout games for Sale, tying the club record of Ed Walsh.
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