Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) beats the throw to Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, left, to steal second base in the first inning.
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers expanded their AL Central lead over Chicago with an 8-1 win over the White Sox on Friday night.
The White Sox had won five of six, but fell 6½ games behind the first-place Tigers with two games left in the series.
Austin Jackson had three hits, including a two-run homer, for the Tigers, while Jhonny Peralta added a three-run double in a five-run fifth.
Verlander (21-5) improved to 19-2 since May 1, allowing one run on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out six in Jim Leyland's 500th win as Tigers manager.
On a 95-degree day, John Danks struggled badly for Chicago, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2-3 innings.
After Verlander needed just six pitches in the top of the first, Detroit staked him to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Jackson led off with a single, took second on Magglio Ordonez's groundout and scored on Delmon Young's triple. Young came home on Miguel Cabrera's RBI single, and Cabrera then stunned the sold-out crowd of 42,352 by stealing second base.
That put him in position to score on Alex Avila's single.
The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fifth, with the White Sox only putting one runner in scoring position.
Brandon Inge led off Detroit's fifth with a single, and scored on Jackson's ninth homer of the season.
A single and two walks loaded the bases with two out, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pulled Danks in favor of Josh Kinney. The move didn't pay off, as Peralta lined a bases-clearing double to give the Tigers their eight-run lead.
Tyler Flowers broke up Verlander's shutout with a 425-foot homer on the first pitch of the eighth, and Chicago loaded the bases with one out before Joaquin Benoit came out of the bullpen. Paul Konerko flew out to left, and A.J. Pierzynski lined out to Cabrera at first.