DETROIT – Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight outstanding innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 3-0 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep of the struggling White Sox.
Scherzer (4-0) struck out seven and walked three, helping Detroit shut out Chicago for a second straight day. After Brad Penny took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Saturday, Scherzer made it to the fifth with one before allowing A.J. Pierzynski's leadoff single.
He left after 104 pitches, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Chicago has lost 10 of 11 and now must head to New York for a four-game series against the Yankees. John Danks (0-3) allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
Danks has a 3.27 ERA, but the White Sox haven't won any of his five starts.
Detroit has won nine straight over the White Sox.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the fourth after loading the bases with nobody out. Danks struck out Casper Wells, but Alex Avila hit a broken-bat groundball to drive in a run.
Brandon Inge and Austin Jackson each hit RBI doubles with two outs in the sixth. Detroit has bounced back nicely from a 3-7 start. The Tigers are now 12-10, while Chicago and Minnesota — the other expected contenders in the American League Central — are below .500.
Detroit's starting pitchers have led the way with 14 quality starts in the last 18 games. The Tigers allowed three solo homers Friday night, but that was all for Chicago, which was outscored 21-3 in the series.
The White Sox finished with five hits Sunday, and two of them didn't leave the infield. Pierzynski and Juan Pierre had two hits each for Chicago, but the White Sox didn't get a runner past second base.
Jackson and Brennan Boesch had two hits each for the Tigers.
NOTES: Jake Peavy threw a side session Sunday of at least 40 pitches and reported no issues. The Chicago right-hander has been bothered by muscle tenderness and irritation in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder. ... Chicago's Omar Vizquel started at 2B on his 44th birthday. "I don't think too many people think at the age of 44 they'll still be playing baseball," he said before the game. "I'm still having fun. That's the main thing." ... Detroit DH Magglio Ordonez singled in the fifth and is now 15 for 26 against Danks. ... White Sox DH Adam Dunn drew his 1,000th walk in the fourth. ... The time of game was 2 hours, 19 minutes.