CHICAGO (AP) — Hector Noesi looked strong early for the Chicago White Sox.
But once he had to face the Detroit Tigers lineup a second time through, he struggled.
The Tigers got all the runs they needed in the fourth, when Detroit scored four times against Noesi (0-2) and went on to defeat the White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday.
Noesi, making a spot start for Chicago, went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. He breezed through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth in his first start of the season.
"We knew that was probably coming and we had a lot of guys ready in the pen," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Noesi's rough fourth inning. "But it just wasn't our day."
The White Sox bullpen, which has struggled in the first month of the season, allowed one more run in 5 1-3 innings.
Noesi, already on his third team of the year, entered the day with an 11.74 ERA and was one of five pitchers Chicago used Wednesday.
Noesi made it through the first inning scoreless, thanks in part to Adam Eaton running down a Torii Hunter drive to deep center and slamming into the wall, but still holding on to the ball.
That catch started a string of nine consecutive batters retired by Noesi, which ended when Hunter doubled to deep right-center field to lead off the fourth.
Hunter scored on Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly to center as part of a four-run fourth that also included Nick Castellanos' sacrifice fly to left, and Bryan Holaday's two-out, two-run double.
The runs in the fourth were too much for the White Sox to overcome as their normally potent lineup was held down by defending AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.