A night after a remarkable comeback win, the Chicago White Sox couldn’t overcome yet another big early deficit.
Miguel Gonzalez gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, and the White Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers 11-8 on Tuesday night.
It was the second night in a row the Tigers piled up runs against the Sox. On Monday night, Chicago responded, coming from seven runs down to win 10-9 in 12 innings.
On Tuesday, Tyler Saladino hit a two-run home run to left field with one out in the ninth that got the Sox within three runs, but Tigers reliever Mark Lowe got the next two batters to preserve the win.
“The good news is we had some offense,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “The bad news is we couldn’t stop their offense.”
Gonzalez (1-2) allowed eight hits and walked four as Chicago suffered its 23rd loss in 32 games.
Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (9-3) allowed six runs — four earned — and eight hits in seven innings, but got plenty of help.
Justin Upton doubled, tripled and drove in four runs for the Tigers, J.D. Martinez had three of Detroit’s season-high seven doubles and Miguel Cabrera was 4 for 5. The Tigers had at least one baserunner in every inning and had 16 hits.
It was the eighth win in 10 games for the Tigers.
“It was frustrating, we put up eight runs, and we don’t get the win,” Gonzalez said. “Me, I’ve got to do a better job keeping the team in the game and minimizing damage.”
Gonzalez gave up one run in the first, two in the second, three in the third and another before leaving the game in the fourth.
“It’s tough when early on it goes that way,” Ventura said. “Our guys came out swinging and that’s a good sign, but that’s a rough start, two days in a row. It kind of wears on your bullpen.”
Detroit’s Jose Iglesias doubled and scored in the first to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, and Martinez had his sixth straight multihit game.
Upton entered hitting .225 but had an RBI double in the second, drew one of two bases-loaded walks by Gonzalez in the third and tripled in two runs off Matt Purke in a four-run fourth. After Gonzalez was pulled, Purke threw 2 2/3 innings, giving up another three runs on four hits with two walks.
Former Chicago DH Avisail Garcia continues to struggle since he replaced Austin Jackson (knee) in the outfield.
Cabrera’s fly landed at Garcia’s feet in right and bounced into the stands for a double in Detroit’s three-run third. Garcia committed an error and let a foul fly drop Monday.
White Sox: 1B Justin Morneau is taking grounders but has yet to do any hitting as he recovers from offseason elbow surgery. Chicago signed the former AL MVP last week knowing he won’t be ready until after the All-Star break.
White Sox 3B Todd Frazier, who went 0 for 6 Monday and is an 8-for-69 (.116) slump, had the day off.
“I think a break is needed,” Frazier said.
PITCHER NO. 22
White Sox RHP Michael Ynoa, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, pitched two hitless innings with two walks in his major league debut, and struck out the first batter he faced, Detroit’s Ian Kinsler. Ynoa became the 22nd Chicago player to pitch this season. Chicago had 24 all of last year.