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posted: 9/10/2012 10:25 PM

Sox power past Tigers in key matchup

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  • White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is greeted outside the dugout by the bat boy, left, and Alexei Ramirez after hitting a home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello during Monday's sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

      White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is greeted outside the dugout by the bat boy, left, and Alexei Ramirez after hitting a home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello during Monday's sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.
    Associated Press

 
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Jose Quintana pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski hit back-to-back homers in the sixth and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Monday night to increase their AL Central lead to three games.

The White Sox had lost seven straight to Detroit, managed just two hits against Rick Porcello (9-12) and were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position when an error on Detroit second baseman Omar Infante gave them an opening.

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Infante muffed Dewayne Wise's easy, one-out grounder in the sixth. Paul Konerko singled to left to put runners at the corners and Rios lined a pitch over the wall in left center, his 23rd homer of the season. Pierzynski followed with his 26th to center field for a 4-1 lead, ending Porcello's night and sending him to his sixth straight loss. Gordon Beckham added a two-run shot in the eighth off Octavio Dotel.

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