DETROIT — J.D. Martinez hit his 19th homer of the season leading off the eighth inning against left-hander Zach Duke, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-4 on Friday night.
Martinez, who has six homers in the last five games, hit one of five solo homers in the game. Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers homered for the Sox against Anibal Sanchez and Rajai Davis went deep for the Tigers. Eaton led off the game for the second straight game with a homer, and Abreu homered for the first time in 13 games. It was also Abreu’s first RBI in 12 games.
Flowers’ poke went inside the right field pole to give the Sox a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Davis answered with a homer against Jake Petricka in the bottom of the seventh.
Melky Cabrera had an RBI triple for the Sox’ other run.
Jose Quintana pitched six innings for the Sox, allowing three runs on 11 hits. The Tigers tied it
Avisail Garcia led off the ninth inning for the Sox with a double and advanced to third on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s single to left. Carlos Sanchez popped out on a safety squeeze bunt attempt and Eaton hit into an inning ending force out. Joakim Soria collected his 17th save.
With Shuck being held on first, manager Robin Ventura put the safety squeeze on for Sanchez, who had tripled in three runs in the 10th inning Thursday.
“You just have to get it on the ground,” Ventura said. “That’s a good play if you can get it on the ground. The first baseman has to hold so not only do you get the guy in, you’re going to get a guy into scoring position. You just have to make sure you get it on the ground or foul.”
Bruce Rondon (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the eighth for the Tigers for his first win since 2013. Soria finished for his 17th save in 19 chances.
Duke, who got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth in the Sox’ 8-7 victory in 10 innings Thursday, took the loss and fell to 3-3.
“I felt good today, just made a mistake,” he said of the home run pitch to Martinez. “I wanted to go down and away with a fastball and missed it in the middle of the plate.”
Quintana received the 44th no-decision of his young career.
“Tonight I don’t feel too good with all of my stuff,” Quintana (3.95 ERA) said. “Just try to fight and get some outs.”