White Sox pitcher Chris Sale said he enjoyed his extra rest time in the dugout Monday night watching his teammates produce for him in rare fashion.

The White Sox gave Sale a season-high six runs of support and the left-hander responded by shutting out the Tigers after the second inning in a 6-2 complete-game victory over the American League Central leaders at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale (8-11) gave up nine hits struck out six and walked none in front of 19590 fans for his fifth career complete game.

"Any time you can finish what you started it's always nice" Sale said. "We started off a little bit slow but it shows we're still competing still fighting still scrapping. We had some big days by a lot of guys."

Sale gave up a couple of big hits early in the opener of the three-game series including Miguel Cabrera's 37th home run of the season just over the right-field fence in the first inning. Brayan Pena's RBI double in the second inning fell in front of Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia. Center fielder Jordan Danks bobbled it and Matt Tuiasosopo scored for a 2-0 Tigers lead.

"You miss by an inch and (Cabrera's) going to make you pay" Sale said. "He did. That's why he's the best hitter in the league and probably all time."

But Sale settled down and the Sox gave Tigers starter Doug Fister (10-6) a hard time stringing together five hits in the fifth inning. Jeff Keppinger led off the inning with a ground-rule double down the left-field line and Josh Phegley Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez each had RBI singles to push the Sox ahead 4-2.

Beckham's single bounced off Fister and into right field the type of break Sox manager Robin Ventura said he was happy to see for a change.

"You get a couple bloopers; there's a couple balls in the middle" Ventura said. "We've seen enough of that that it's OK for it to happen for us every once in a while."

Phegley's RBI single and Alejandro De Aza's sacrifice fly in the eighth pushed the Sox lead to 6-2.