CHICAGO — Justin Verlander pitched a six-hitter for his first victory ever at U.S. Cellular Field as the Tigers defeated the White Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Jim Thome hit his 552nd career home run, and John Danks pitched 71⁄3 strong innings, but the White Sox still fell 6½ games behind AL Central-leading Detroit. Adam Everett homered for the Tigers, who have won five of their last six games.
Verlander (7-2) struck out nine and walked one in his second complete game this year. He has a 7-0 record and league-low 1.10 ERA since April 27. The seven-decision winning streak matched his career best of 2006, when he helped Detroit reach the World Series.
Going into the game, Verlander had been 0-6 with a 5.92 ERA in eight starts at U.S. Cellular Field and 2-9 with a 5.90 ERA all-time against the White Sox.
The right-hander turned that around Wednesday with a dominant outing. Aside from Thome's homer leading off the seventh, Verlander let only two runners get as far as third base.