CHICAGO, Illinois — Right-hander Mike Fiers threw six scoreless innings as the Tigers beat the White Sox 1-0 to complete the series sweep.
Fiers (1-0) made his season debut after recovering from a lumbar strain and allowed three hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
“This team pitched very well this series, starters all the way down to bullpen,” Fiers said. “Winning a 1-0 game is tough. We are grinding out games. That is what I love about this team.”
He combined with four relievers on a three-hitter, and the Tigers took advantage of a passed ball to score an unearned run in the first inning Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
“He’s got deception,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You saw that today. That is why he’s been in the big leagues a long time. Today you saw vintage him. I’ve seen him on the other side. We were just hoping he was healthy and he showed us he is.”
Mike Fiers a scoreless start! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/izuKbAs6QL
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) 8 april 2018
With the White Sox wearing 1983 replica uniforms, Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) allowed the unearned run, two hits and five walks in seven innings and struck out five. He has allowed one earned run during his first two starts.
The Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (1-0, 1.35 ERA) is to start Monday at Cleveland, which opens a four-game series with RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 2.40 ERA).
The White Sox RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Rays RHP Chris Archer (0-0, 6.65 ERA) are to start the opener of a three-game series in Chicago. Archer has 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.