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Detroit 5, Chicago 4



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    Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko hits a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the sixth inning.

    Justin Verlander got his 14th win and Wilson Betemit had a two-out, go-ahead single in the eighth inning Tuesday night as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and increased their lead in the AL Central.

    Verlander (14-5), beaten by the White Sox 11 days ago in Detroit, allowed four runs and seven hits in eight innings, including two-run homers to Adam Dunn in the first and Paul Konerko in the sixth. Verlander, who threw 125 pitches, came back to strike out Konerko and Dunn with a runner on in the eighth.

    Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 27th save in as many chances.

    Detroit leads the division by two games over Cleveland and the third-place White Sox are 4 1-2 games out.