CHICAGO (AP) -
was so good on Wednesday night,
decided to stop calling curveballs.
Why torment the Tigers?
''I just felt after the first inning that he had good command of his (other) three pitches and we decided to get rid of one,''
hit a three-run homer and Danks worked efficiently into the seventh inning, helping the
Chicago White Sox
to a 5-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.
remained a game ahead of the
in the AL Central, while the Tigers dropped 8 1/2 games out of first place - the farthest back they've been since trailing
by nine games on June 11.
Danks (9-4) allowed one run on four hits over 6 2-3 innings, giving the
a lift after they used seven relievers in a 14-inning win over Detroit the previous night. Danks struck out six and walked
one, leaving to a standing ovation in the seventh.
''My goal was to get us deep in the game, obviously. We used every arm (Tuesday) night. I knew guys would be down, kind of
achy today and my goal was to get us in the seventh, eighth inning with the lead,'' Danks said.
''Also noticed that Minnesota won. I wasn't thinking about it on the mound, but before the game I saw they were going to close
out Seattle there and it was a big game for us and fortunately it worked out.''
D.J. Carrasco got one out in relief,
pitched a perfect eighth and
a scoreless ninth to preserve the win.
''If we want to make any kind of run, which we still have a chance to do, sooner or later you got to do it,'' Tigers manager
Jim Leyland said. ''And we haven't done it.''
Chicago was without manager
, who served the last game of a two-game suspension for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons and his comments Sunday, after
the Royals and
were involved in a bench-clearing brawl. Guillen watched the game in a suite.
got into trouble right from the start.
drew a one-out walk and
grounded a ball to third base.
fielded it and threw to
covering second, but Quentin broke up the potential double-play and Dye was safe at first.
Thome followed by hitting a 0-1 pitch opposite field to left, his 22nd homer of the season and 429th of his career, giving
an early 3-0 lead.
''He threw me a fastball the first pitch,'' Thome said. ''He doubled up and he threw it there and I was fortunate to hit it
and got good wood on it and it got out.''
Verlander (8-12) settled down after that, retiring 12 in a row. He wound up allowing five runs and six hits with eight strikeouts
and a pair of walks. Verlander threw a season-high 130 pitches before leaving with the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth.
Verlander dropped to 2-8 with a 6.01 ERA against the
in his career.
The biggest mistake this night, though, was the pitch to Thome.
''With guys on base and two outs I wanted to make him go get something. It was a hair up and he did what good hitters do.
He's got 500-some odd home runs for a reason,'' Verlander said. ''Tonight I could have easily give up zero runs.''
added some insurance after Verlander left the game. Ramirez greeted Tigers reliever
with a two-run single to make it 5-1.
doubled in the seventh and scored on
's RBI single for the Tigers' only run.
Notes: After making his first appearance at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night, Ken Griffey Jr. got the night off after
going 1-for-6 with three strikeouts. ... Tigers CF
was out of the starting lineup. Granderson is 0-for-9 against Danks in his career. He did pinch-hit in the eighth inning and
struck out. It snapped his 14-game hitting streak.