While the Detroit Tigers are happy to see their offense continue to shine against the Chicago White Sox, they know the most important part of Saturday's 10-1 victory was Jordan Zimmerman's slider.
Zimmerman came into the game with a 6.47 ERA and had allowed at least four runs in five straight starts. He has struggled all season with his slider, which has always been his best pitch.
Zimmermann (5-4) won for the second time in six starts, allowing one run and seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Detroit has won four of five.
Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Presley hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Alex Avila and Justin Upton also homered for the Tigers, who have outscored Chicago 25-6 in the first two games of the weekend series.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-6) lost his fifth straight road start, giving up six runs and 10 hits in six innings, including three of Detroit's homers.
Castellanos and Presley put the Tigers ahead 2-0 with their homers in the second, and Detroit took control of the game with four runs in the fourth. RBI singles by Jose Iglesias and Andrew Romine made it 4-0, and Avila followed with a two-run homer.
Chicago loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Zimmermann got Melky Cabrera to pop out and end the inning. Todd Frazier's double made it 6-1 in the sixth.
Upton's homer in the four-run eighth was Detroit's fourth of the game and seventh of the series. Detroit has 19 extra-base hits in the last two days.