The good news for Robin Ventura: He didn’t have to watch most the White Sox’s 6-2 loss to Detroit on Tuesday in person.
Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered, and the Tigers took advantage of four Sox errors to go up 2-0 in the four-game series in Chicago.
With Miguel Cabrera sidelined by a hip problem, the AL Central leaders again got all the help they needed from Chicago. One night after matching what was a season-high with three errors and giving up five unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers, the White Sox managed to outdo themselves.
The four errors matched their highest total since a game at Kansas City on April 6, 2011, and gave them 68 in all – two shy of last year’s total.
Peralta delivered an RBI single and scored in a three-run fourth in which the Tigers took advantage of two errors. He also hit a solo drive off Hector Santiago (3-6) in the sixth, and Detroit scored three in the inning to go up 6-0.
Porcello (7-6) won his third straight, striking out one and walking three.
Santiago took the loss after four straight no-decisions, allowing six runs over six innings. Only three were earned.
The error procession started in the first inning when first baseman Adam Dunn appeared to bump Torii Hunter and force him out of the baseline in a rundown. The runner was awarded second base, and manager Robin Ventura got ejected for the first time this season after a heated argument with first base umpire Gary Darling.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1: Shelby Miller threw six shutout innings, and Allen Craig drove in two runs in St. Louis.
Miller (10-6) broke out of a three-start slump with one of his finest efforts of the season. He had given up 10 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings over his previous three starts. He was working on 12 days rest and gave up three hits while striking out six and walking one.
Edward Mujica picked up his 29th save in 31 opportunities.
Yadier Molina and David Freese also drove in runs for the Cardinals, who remain 1½ games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Jonathan Pettibone (5-4) allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Diamondbacks pulling away from Cubs at deadline: With three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings in Arizona, the Diamondbacks opened up a 7-1 lead over the Cubs at SVM’s deadline.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected after the third inning of the game.