DETROIT -- Jake Peavy was given an early lead on Friday night but couldnt manage it.Handed the same later, Justin Verlander didnt relinquish his.The Detroit Tigers rallied from an early deficit and their ace took advantage of two Peavy mistakes in a 4-2 victory in front of 44,572 at Comerica Park.The White Sox lost their third straight contest and now lead the Tigers by a half-game in the American League Central. Chris Sale faces Rick Porcello at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday.Peavy (7-7) nearly pitched his way out of trouble in the bottom of the third inning.Leading 2-0, the All-Star yielded a double and a single to start the inning before Austin Jackson grounded into a double play. But a 1-0 pitch to Quintin Berry got away and struck him to put runners on the corners for the heart of Detroits lineup.Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young made Peavy pay a heavy price with a pair of RBI singles and an RBI double to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.Peavy only made one more critical mistake in a 122-pitch effort as his seventh-inning balk allowed Jhonny Peralta to move into scoring position. Jackson later singled him in as Detroit went ahead 4-2.The support was plenty for Verlander, who improved as he worked his way into the game. The White Sox struck the All-Star Game starter early as Alejandro De Aza -- who also walked and singled -- crushed a 3-2 offering from Verlander (11-5) for a two-run homer in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.From there, however, Verlander set down 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. Verlander started the eighth inning as he blew a 98-mph fastball past Alexei Ramirez for a called third strike. He also struck out Kevin Youkilis, who returned to the lineup after he sat out Thursdays game with a tight left hamstring, three times.Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the victory for Verlander, who made 122 pitches.Peavy was outstanding to start.He struck out the side in the first inning and whiffed the first five batters he faced. Following his 31-pitch third inning, Peavy got back on track. He set down 11 in a row until Peraltas one-out single in the seventh inning.Donnie Veal struck out the only two batters he faced in his White Sox debut.
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Yoan Moncada who made his return to the Knights yesterday, hit two home runs in four at-bats in a shining preformance for the Knights.
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