Two pitching debuts for Sox, but Tigers prove too strong
DETROIT -- Tarik Skubal pitched 5 scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night.
Matt Vierling homered and scored twice for Detroit.
Skubal (5-3) allowed two hits while striking out nine. It was his second win over the White Sox in six days, having held them to two runs on seven hits Sunday.
Alex Lange got 4 outs for his 22nd save.
Jose Urena (0-5) made his Sox debut, permitting one run and four hits in four innings.
"I have been working on my pitches in the minors, and I've always trusted my stuff," said Ureña, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox after being released by the Rockies. "I knew I could pitch here if I got the chance."
The White Sox struck out 15 times. The Sox had two on with none out in the first, but Skubal struck out Luis Robert Jr. and Yoan Moncada on his way to escaping the inning.
The Tigers left runners on second and third in their half of the first, but took the lead in the second.
With one out, Jake Rogers singled, went to second on Zack Short's walk, moved to third on Akil Baddoo's groundout and scored on Zach McKinstry's single.
That was the only run until White Sox reliever Luis Patiño ran into trouble in the sixth. He allowed a leadoff single to Vierling, then walked Tyler Nevin and Rogers to load the bases with one out.
Short drew the third walk of the inning, forcing home Vierling. Patiño recovered to strike out Baddoo and retire Andy Ibañez, keeping the score 2-0.
Vierling made it 3-0 with a seventh-inning homer off Michael Kopech.
Yasmani Grandal led off the White Sox eighth with a pinch-hit double against Jason Foley and scored on Robert's two-out single.
An error by Short at shortstop put the potential tying runs on base, but Lange came out of the bullpen to retire Moncada.
"We just never got much going other than the last inning," Sox manager Pedro Grifol said.
"They held us in check all night."
Kopech comes out of pen:
Kopech made his first relief appearance since 2021, retiring his first two batters before Vierling's homer. He had walked 22 hitters in his last 18 innings, allowing 19 runs. Kopech walked five while only getting five outs against the Tigers on Sunday. He is expected to remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season.
"I thought he was explosive," Grifol said. "I liked the way the ball was coming out of his hand. He just hung the one pitch."