This time, there would be no meltdown in the bullpen. Detroit's offense wouldn't allow it.

Rajai Davis drove in a pair of runs, highlighted by an RBI double in the eighth inning that extended the Tigers' slim lead and helped them narrowly escape with a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Max Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings and closer Joe Nathan worked a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save this year as the Tigers finished with a 5-4 record on their rain-shortened homestand at Comerica Park.

They will now depart for Minnesota to kick off a 10-day, eight-game road trip.

Key to the game
Scherzer battled a high pitch count and needed 110 pitches to work through six innings, but he gave up just two runs and seven hits. He struck out 10, marking the 20th time he's struck out 10-plus batters in a game throughout his seven-year career.

After striking out Gordan Beckham in the fourth, Scherzer became the second pitcher in franchise history with at least seven strikeouts in each of his first five starts in a season. He joined Mickey Lolich, who struck out seven-plus in each of his first five appearances in 1970.

Scherzer has 10-plus strikeouts in 13 games since 2012, which ranks second among American League pitchers during that stretch, trailing only Texas' Yu Darvish (20).