White Sox rely on homers, Lopez to trip Tigers in Game 1

Reynaldo Lopez pitched eight-plus strong innings and Danny Mendick and Eloy Jimenez homered to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader.Lopez (10-15) closed his season on a high note, scattering one run on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Seeking his second complete game of the season, Lopez started the ninth inning but was lifted following Victor Reyes’ leadoff single, one of Reyes’ two hits in the game.Detroit (46-113) opened the scoring with two outs in the first inning, as designed hitter Miguel Cabrera smacked a solo home run to left-center field. The home run was the 476th of Cabrera’s career, moving him past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 31st on the major league all-time list.Chicago responded with seven unanswered runs from the third through seventh innings, punctuating the outburst with Mendick’s two-run blast in the sixth inning and a solo shot by Jimenez in the seventh that hit the foul pole.Chicago (71-88) chased Tigers starter Matt Boyd before the power surge. Ryan Cordell tied the score with an RBI single in the third to start a two-run rally. Yolmer Sanchez had an RBI double in the fourth and scored on Leury Garcia’s RBI single.

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