CHICAGO — Max Scherzer pitched six effective innings to earn his career-high 16th win, Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and the Tigers beat the White Sox 8-6 Wednesday night to move within a game of the AL Central lead.
Scherzer struck out seven to increase his major-league-leading total to 220 and improved to 10-1 over his past 14 starts.
It was Detroit's second strong start in as many nights, following Doug Fister's winning performance. After dropping the opener of the four-game set Monday, the Tigers have won two in a row in their last head-to-head meeting with Chicago.
Tonight's series finale pits reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Fielder homered in the seventh off reliever Leyson Septimo, snapping an 0-for-18 slump and giving Detroit a 6-1 lead. The Tigers added two runs in the eighth on RBI doubles by Alex Avila and Austin Jackson.