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AL GAME OF THE DAY

Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham power the White Sox

Each hits a home run to lead Chicago over Detroit, 5-1.

July 27, 2009|Associated Press

DETROIT — Paul Konerko hit a two-run home run in Chicago's four-run first inning, Gordon Beckham hit a home run in the second inning and the White Sox coasted to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night and avoided a sweep.

Clayton Richard (4-3) gave up a run and five hits over eight innings to help the White Sox salvage one victory in a four-game series.

Konerko took advantage of a 3-and-1 count by sending a Rick Porcello pitch 402 feet to left-center field for his 19th home run to end an 0-for-13 slump and put Chicago ahead, 4-0.

Beckham's drive to left field was his fourth home run and provided Clayton with more than enough support.

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