The Chicago White Sox continue to have their way with the Detroit Tigers.
A day after shutting them out 7-0, and nearly holding the Tigers without a hit, White Sox pitching once again kept the potent Detroit lineup off the scoreboard in a dominating 11-0 win at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Paul Konerko and Joe Crede both hit grand slams to provide the White Sox with more than enough run-support. For Crede, it was his second slam of the homestand, and sixth of his career. Konerko's grand slam was his seventh in his career.
The White Sox sure feel good about their decision to keep Crede right now, since he is hitting .341 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
Javier Vazquez benefitted from the run support, earning his second win on the season. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing only five hits, while striking out nine.
The win improved Chicago's mark to 6-1 against the Tigers this season, and have outscored the Tigers 46-12 in those six games. They also have 42 wins in their last 62 meetings with Detroit dating back to 2005.
The loss for Detroit continued a slide that has seen them shut out four times in 12 games, one more time than they were shut out all last season. They fell to 2-10 on the season, and are 5.5 games behind Chicago in the standings already.
Kenny Rogers started for the Tigers, and went four innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits, walking four, and allowing Konerko's third-inning grand slam. It was the 10th time he served up a slam, tying him with Nolan Ryan and Mike Jackson for the most grand slams allowed in MLB history.
Chicago improved to 7-4 on the year and returned to the top spot in the AL Central with the win. They are one-half game ahead of the Royals.
Next up for the White Sox is a brief two-game home series against the Oakland Athletics. Mark Buehrle takes the hill for Chicago, and will be opposed by Oakland's Greg Smith.