These two will meet again after the reigning AL MVP enjoyed a weekend hitting two homers off another tough pitcher he had never gotten a hit against.
Cabrera looks to go four straight games with a homer for the second time this year when he matches up with Sale in Monday night's opener of a three-game set in Chicago.
Before 2013, Cabrera had a single in 11 at-bats against Sale (7-11, 2.77 ERA). He went 1 for 3 with a solo homer July 11 although the Chicago starter allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn a 6-3 victory.
Cabrera had been hitless in five at-bats including the postseason against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera prior to this year. That changed this weekend when he homered twice off the famed reliever, even though Detroit (69-47) lost two of three following its 12-game win streak."It doesn't happen that often with Rivera that you hit him twice like that and don't win either game," manager Jim Leyland said after Sunday's 5-4 defeat.
This will be Cabrera's first game in Chicago since he exited a 7-3 victory July 22 with a sore hip flexor muscle. He's 14 for 33 with four homers and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.
The slugger last homered in four straight games May 19-23.
Martinez rested twice this weekend for Detroit and figures to be back in the lineup since he is 6 for 7 versus Sale this year. The Tigers, however, will be without catcher Alex Avila . He was placed on the seven-day concussion list after being hit in the mask by a foul ball Thursday, though he did play Saturday.
Sale is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 19 strikeouts in two starts against the Tigers after going 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in three in 2012.
The left-hander owns baseball's lowest run-support average at 2.53, although he got enough help to end a three-start losing streak last Tuesday after allowing one unearned run over 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.
Sale lowered his home ERA to 2.07 - the AL's second-best mark.
He'll be opposed by Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50), who is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last five outings. Fister's four-start win streak ended last Wednesday when he surrendered two runs over six innings with eight strikeouts in a 6-5, 14-inning win at Cleveland.
One of Fister's victories during his streak came Aug. 2, when he allowed one run in eight innings in beating the White Sox 2-1.
Fister will get his first look at former Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia .
The White Sox acquired the 22-year-old, who is 2 for 9 with his new club, from Detroit on July 30 in the three-team deal that saw Jake Peavy go to Boston.
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|August 11, 2013||Alex Avila||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 31, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained lower abdomen|
|July 31, 2013||Luis Marte||15-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|July 25, 2013||Torii Hunter||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left Achilles|
|July 23, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 14, 2013||Justin Verlander||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right quadriceps tightness|
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|August 05, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||Day-to-Day||Jammed left thumb|
|July 30, 2013||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Left foot contusion|
|July 21, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained ligament, left wrist|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 02, 2013||Jesse Crain||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder tightness|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chris Sale pitched like an ace again Monday.
Sale (8-11) scattered nine hits in his fourth complete game of the season, and the Chicago White Sox overcame Miguel Cabrera 's fourth homer in fourth games to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2.
Josh Phegley , Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez singled in runs in a three-run fifth inning as Chicago handed AL Central-leading Detroit its third loss in four games.
"It was nice, really satisfying," Sale said. "Still fighting, still scrapping."
Sale, who was 17-8 last season, has suffered from a lack of run support this season while the White Sox have sunk to the bottom of the AL Central. But after spotting the Tigers a 2-0 lead on single runs in the first and second innings, he was in command the rest of the way en route to his fifth career complete game.
The 24-year-old left-hander struck out six and walked none, winning his second straight start after going 1-9 in his previous 11.
"He's in his own world," said Detroit's Torii Hunter , who went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. "He's definitely the best lefty in the game.
"You saw my swing out there. It wasn't fun. I was trying to see the ball, but I couldn't see it. It was nasty."
Detroit manager Jim Leyland agreed.
"We faced an All-Star pitcher," Leyland said. "I thought we gave him good at-bats. But he was good. Real good tonight."
Beckham and Jeff Keppinger each had three hits. Phegley added a second RBI single and Alejandro De Aza hit a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth that put away the game and gave Sale the best run support he's enjoyed this season.
"Obviously, we wish we could give (Sale) a better record right now," Beckham said. "His numbers match up against everybody."
Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a homer in the first. The AL leader in batting, RBIs and runs scored is second in homers with 37.
Brayan Pena doubled in Detroit's other run. The Tigers still have won 17 of their last 21, and 26 of 36 dating to July 2.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (10-6) gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings, after facing just nine hitters and allowing one hit through the first three.
Fister lost following a run of five straight quality starts. He was 4-0 during that span and allowed just seven runs in 34 innings.
"I didn't do my job," Fister said. "I've got to go out and give them a chance to win, especially against the great pitcher that we're facing tonight."
The White Sox, in last place in the AL Central, enjoyed rare success against a division rival and snapped a three-game losing streak against Detroit. They are just 14-34 overall against the division this season and have lost 23 of 28 to AL Central opponents.
After Sale retired the first two hitters, Cabrera lofted his next pitch just over the right-field fence.
Pena doubled in Matt Tuiasosopo with two outs in the second to extend Detroit's lead to 2-0.
Fister cruised through the first three innings, but control problems cost him a run in the fourth.
With two outs, Fister walked Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko back-to-back to load the bases. With Avisail Garcia at the plate, Fister threw his second wild pitch of the inning, allowing Beckham to score from third.
Garcia lined softly to first baseman Prince Fielder to end the threat.
Chicago scored three times in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. After Keppinger led off with a double, Phegley, Beckham and Ramirez all delivered RBI singles. Beckham's single deflected of Fister's foot.
Detroit second baseman Omar Infante returned to the lineup and batted seventh after being on the disabled list for more than a month with sprained left ankle. To make room, the Tigers optioned infielder Hernan Perez to Triple-A Toledo before the game.
Detroit's Jose Iglesias made a sensational barehanded play to throw out Phegley with one out in the sixth. Phegley's chopper appeared to deflect off Fister, but Iglesias dove and threw to first from midair.
Notes: RHP Justin Verlander is slated to start the first game of the Tigers' doubleheader Friday against Kansas City. Leyland hasn't announced a starter for the second game, but said: "It's someone who's not here." ... Detroit also announced the injury rehabilitation assignment of right-hander Octavio Dotel had been transferred from the Gulf Coast League Tigers to Class A Lakeland. "He's doing OK and he doesn't have pain," Leyland said. ... Following a deal last Friday that sent OF Alex Rios to Texas for cash and INF Leury Garcia , the possibility of the White Sox trading veteran players for younger talent dominated the pregame discussion with Chicago manager Robin Ventura "You see the way we're going: It's more younger guys than getting guys that are older," Ventura said. "It would be nice to have some guys who could play multiple positions and are a little bit quicker."... Batting practice was called off as thunderstorms moved through the area, but the game started on time under a blue sky at 7:10 CT