DETROIT cheap Justin Verlander jersey pitched himself out of a third inning jam Sunday.
Two innings later, he was happy to escape another with the help of his defense. He went seven strong innings as the Detroit Tigers jerseys swept the Chicago White Sox jerseys with a 5 2 victory Sunday.
cheap Alex Avila jersey, who has caught more of Verlander’s starts than any other player, opened the third with a walk and took third on cheap Tyler Saladino jersey’s double. Verlander, though, got cheap Adam Eaton jersey to tap back to the mound before striking out cheap Jason Coats jersey and Abreu to end the inning.
“That early in the game, cheap mlb jerseys china you just don’t want to do something stupid,” Verlander said. “You can’t take the mindset that you are going to throw perfect pitches and end up with a disaster on your hands. I just kept making my pitches and got out of it without any damage.”
The Tigers jerseys took advantage in the bottom half, with cheap Cameron Maybin jersey drawing a two out walk and scoring on cheap Miguel Cabrera jersey’s double. Two innings later, things played out even better for Detroit.
Tigers jerseys shortstop cheap Jose Iglesias jersey saved Verlander in the top of the fifth, making a diving stop of Saladino’s one out grounder to hold cheap Jimmy Rollins jersey at third. cheap James McCann jersey then grabbed Eaton’s bunt and threw him out at first to end the inning.
“That was a massive play by Iggy on Saladino, and then McCann makes a huge play a few seconds later,” Verlander said. Martinez with the bases loaded to make it 2 1 in the bottom half and cheap Nick Castellanos jersey followed with an RBI single. cheap Justin Upton jersey drove a 3 0 fastball into the left field corner for a two run double that ended Quintana’s day.
Upton came into the game hitting .214 and had been dropped to seventh in Brad Ausmus’ batting order.
“He said that he’d been feeling better the last couple days, so I figured I’d give him the green light on 3 0 and see if he could get a fastball,” Ausmus said. “When a guy is struggling, there are times that you can get him going by giving him a shot at a pitch like that. Hopefully, this will help.”
Detroit came into the series having lost eight of its last 10 games against left handed starters, but beat a trio of Chicago lefties: cheap Carlos Rodon jersey, cheap Chris Sale jersey and Quintana.
“We knew we were going to hit lefties better than we have, especially with our lineup, but this was big,” Ausmus said. “Rodon’s a younger guy, but he’s got great upside, and Sale and Quintana are two of the best lefty starters in the game today.”
Verlander (5 5) allowed homers to cheap Jose Abreu jersey and cheap Todd Frazier jersey, but only gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
cheap Shane Greene jersey and cheap Francisco Rodriguez jersey finished, with Rodriguez picking up his 15th save.
Quintana (5 6) took the loss, allowing a season high five runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. It was the first time he didn’t finish five innings.
“I have a lot of confidence in all of my pitches right now, but I just missed my spot a couple times today,” he said. “I’ve never walked anyone with the bases loaded before, and that changed the game for me.”
White Sox jerseys: Coats, who needed five stitches in his mouth after an outfield collision ended his major league debut Saturday, was back in the lineup. Chicago was shorthanded in the outfield, with cheap Austin Jackson jersey battling turf toe and cheap Melky Cabrera jersey away from the team to deal with a family emergency.
“We’re banged up right now,” White Sox jerseys manager Robin Ventura said. “You miss having Melky in the middle of the order and having Austin contributing.”
Tigers jerseys: Cabrera, who has been having trouble with stiffness in his lower back, seemed to be struggling on a sixth inning at bat, but stayed in the game.