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White Sox break through early, beat Tigers 8-4

Tigers-Cards doubleheader off

DETROIT (AP) — Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Chicago White Sox snapped Detroit’s four-game wining streak with an 8-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night.

Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the White Sox, who won for only the second time in seven games. Austin Romine hit a two-run shot for Detroit.

Jose Abreu had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.

Gio Gonzalez was pulled one out shy of the win. He allowed two runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“It’s always frustrating,” Gonzalez said. “You never want to give up the ball in a situation like that.”

Matt Foster (2-0) was credited with the win after striking out four in two perfect innings.

Tyler Alexander (1-1) allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first start of the season. His previous appearance was a memorable one — he struck out an American League record-tying nine straight hitters during a relief appearance Aug. 2 against Cincinnati.

“His breaking ball wasn’t sharp. For the most part he got things up. That’s a powerful lineup. Just one of those days,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The kid’s been throwing great. We’ve all seen it. It just didn’t work out today.”

Abreu opened the scoring with a run-scoring double in the first, and Jimenez’s home run to right field made it 4-0. Encarnacion hit a solo shot in the fourth.

Romine’s homer came in the fifth. Jimenez hit an RBI single in the sixth, and the White Sox added two more runs in the seventh.

Harold Castro hit an RBI single as part of Detroit’s two-run ninth.

Gonzalez was taken out with two outs in the fifth, a man on first and Miguel Cabrera coming up. Chicago replaced the left-hander with Jimmy Cordero, and the righty threw only one pitch, retiring Cabrera on a lineout to the shortstop.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said he came close to leaving Gonzalez in.

Tigers-Cards doubleheader off

DETROIT (AP) — A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

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