Boyd, homers send Tigers past ChiSox

AP Photo | Detroit right fielder Nicholas Castellanos (9) and center fielder Victor Reyes (22) scramble to pick up the ball during the seventh inning Thursday.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matthew Boyd was mostly dominant on the mound, then the Detroit Tigers’ bats backed him up in a big way.

Niko Goodrum lined a two-run homer in Detroit’s five-run sixth inning, Boyd struck out 13 to tie a career high and the Tigers topped the Chicago White Sox 11-5 on Thursday.

“Boyd came out and set the tone for us,” catcher John Hicks said. “We swung the bat very well and pushed a lot of runs across. It was a good day.”

Boyd (6-6) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, and all but three of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. He struck out the side in the first and fourth innings, did not walk a batter and won for the first time since May 28.

The 28-year-old left-hander reached double digits in strikeouts for the second straight start, for the fourth time this season and fifth time in his career.

“It’s not like you keep track or anything that you’re striking guys out,” Boyd said, “but you’re keeping that in mind the next time you face them.”

Miguel Cabrera added a 454-foot solo shot and doubled, and Jeimer Candelario also homered. Hicks and Nicholas Castellanos each had two RBIs as Detroit rebounded after being swept in a doubleheader on Wednesday to win for just the second time in its past 13 games.

White Sox rookie Eloy JimÈnez hit a 436-foot two-run homer to center and had three RBIs. Chicago’s winning streak ended at three games and the White Sox failed to climb back to .500.

A woman in the first row just beyond the White Sox dugout on the third base side was struck by a foul liner off the bat of Detroit’s Victor Reyes in the eighth inning. She was treated by stadium personnel at her seat, and a team spokesman said she wasn’t seriously injured.

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