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Tigers cruise past White Sox, 8-4, in Game 2 of doubleheader

CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera was removed in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 2 Saturday after driving in a run to put the Detroit Tigers ahead, 5-0.

The Tigers went on to beat the White Sox, 8-4, at U.S. Cellular Field to split the day-night doubleheader.

The second game featured a battle of starting pitchers each making their major league debut.

Left-hander Kyle Ryan pitched six shutout innings for the Tigers. He allowed five hits and two walks and had one strikeout. He had 11 groundouts.

Cabrera was 0-for-3 after the groundout and his batting average dipped to .299 for the season.

Ezequiel Carrera doubled to lead off the third for the Tigers' first hit of the game. Carrera came home on an RBI single by Rajai Davis. Ian Kinsler followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers added three more runs in the fourth. Kinsler had a two-run single to on a ground ball to center and Cabrera knocked in Davis.

Right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, who had never pitched above Double-A before starting for the White Sox, allowed seven hits, four walks and five runs over 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts.

Lefty Blaine Hardy gave up a leadoff walk to Adam Eaton in the bottom of the eighth. Right-hander Jim Johnson replaced Hardy and gave up a double to left after a 10-pitch at-bat by Alexei Ramirez. Hardy then gave up a walk to Jose Abreu to load the bases with no outs.

Joba Chamberlain replaced Johnson. Ex-Tiger Avisail Garcia grounded into a force, allowing Eaton to score. Chamberlain then gave up a three-run home run to Dayan Viciedo on a 2-0 pitch.

The Tigers answered with the bases loaded with one out in the ninth. Kinsler and Nick Castellanos singled off Maikel Cleto and Javy Guerra hit Victor Martinez with a pitch. J.D. Martinez hit a sac fly to score Kinsler and Alex Avila followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers a three-run cushion. Don Kelly doubled to right to drive in another run to make it 8-4 before Avila was thrown out at the plate.

Carrera was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Kelly was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Kinsler was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the Tigers.

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