JaCoby Jones’ inside-the-park home run propels Detroit Tigers to 4th straight win, 5-1 over Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, top, tags out the Tigers’ Victor Reyes at third base in the seventh inning in Detroit on Monday. (AP photo)


AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT — JaCoby Jones hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers breezed to their fourth straight victory, 5-1 over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Niko Goodrum homered and had four hits for the Tigers, who handed Chicago its fifth loss in six games. It wasn’t all good news for Detroit, though. First baseman C.J. Cron exited with a left knee injury in the fourth.

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu came up limping after grounding out in the eighth and left the game as well.

The Tigers improved to 9-5 on the year after losing 114 games in 2019.

Detroit was up 3-1 in the seventh when center fielder Adam Engel went for a lunging catch on a sinking liner by Jones. Engel missed, and it’s a long way out to the wall in center field at Comerica Park. Jones circled the bases and scored standing up for a two-run homer, his fifth of the season.

Michael Fulmer pitched three scoreless innings for Detroit, and Daniel Norris (1-1) worked two. Gregory Soto went 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Dallas Keuchel (2-2) allowed three runs in six innings.

Detroit’s Jeimer Candelario slapped a double down the right-field line to bring home the first run in the fourth. Goodrum hit a solo shot in the sixth, and Victor Reyes added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Cron was struck by Danny Mendick’s hard-hit grounder in the fourth and stayed down for a while.