Tigers Take Over First Place in AL Central

By WISE Web Sports

Tigers Take Over First Place in AL Central

July 21, 2012 Updated Jul 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM EDT

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello fell just short of his first complete game. He'll have to settle for a spot atop the American League's Central Division. Porcello pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers took over first place in their division Saturday with a 7 - 1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Tigers lead the White Sox by a half - game. It's the first time they've been in first since they were tied after beating Kansas City on May 1. Detroit was six games out after a loss to the Chicago Cubs on June 12 th. Brennan Boesch hit a three - run homer and Austin Jackson drove in the other four runs for the Tigers. Porcello, 7 - 5, has never thrown a complete game in the majors. He departed Saturday after allowing two hard - hit singles to start the ninth.

Porcello allowed a run and five hits. He struck out four with no walks, outdueling Chris Sale, 11 - 3, in the Chicago left - hander's first loss since May 12 th.

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