Chicago White Sox upend Detroit Tigers, 7-4

DETROIT (AP) — Lucas Giolito didn’t have his best stuff against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

His manager loved the way he responded.

Giolito allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings, good enough to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers 7-4.

“That’s a really good sign for a young pitcher,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He had to go out there, make adjustments to what he was throwing and still find a way to get outs. He had to work through a lot of traffic on the bases, but he gave us six innings and a chance to win.”

The victory was the first for Giolito (12-5) since June 30. The All-Star went 0-3 with a 5.65 ERA in five July starts.

All nine starters for the White Sox had at least one hit and seven either scored or drove in a run. Chicago has won three of four after a 2-8 homestand.

JaCoby Jones homered and tripled for Detroit, which has lost 10 of 12 and gone 10-34 since June 1. The Tigers are last in the majors with 3.59 runs per game while the White Sox (4.12) are 28th.

“I thought we competed against the kid pretty good,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s got great stuff with his cutter and a really, really good changeup. He pitched well, but we battled him.”

Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull, returning from the injured list after a back injury, allowed two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter in three innings. He struck out seven.

The White Sox loaded the bases in the first on two walks and a hit batter. Turnbull struck out Eloy Jimenez, but Matt Skole blooped a two-run double.