You don’t normally volunteer to give runs away when Justin Verlander is the on the mound.

But that’s exactly what White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to do in the top of the fourth inning on Wednesday night. With a runner on third and one out, Ventura willingly played his infield deep and allowed the Tigers to even the score at 1 on a Torii Hunter RBI grounder.

The gamble gives you an idea just how confident Ventura is in his offense and the way they approached the struggling Detroit Tigers ace. Two innings later, the White Sox made their manager look sharp when they broke the game open by batting around in the sixth. The White Sox scored seven runs and knocked Verlander out of the game on their way to an 8-2 victory over Detroit in front of 18,424 at U.S. Cellular Field.

John Danks earned his second straight win, and Jose Abreu homered again as the White Sox matched their highest output against Verlander, who allowed seven earned runs. The White Sox send Chris Sale out to face Max Scherzer in search of a series sweep on Thursday night.

“Guys were grinding it today,” rookie catcher Adrian Nieto said. “Even with two strikes, guys weren’t panicking or chasing his pitches. It’s contagious. When you see guys putting up good ABs, you want to put up good ABs, too. You don’t want to be that guy that goes in there and gets out on one pitch or two pitches. It helps when guys are putting good ABs in front of you.”

The 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP hasn’t been very good of late.

In his previous five starts, Verlander had a 6.75 ERA over 32 innings with five home runs allowed and only 18 strikeouts.

Even so, Verlander had his foot on the gas pedal on Wednesday, touching 99 mph on the radar. But Abreu injected some early confidence into the White Sox in the second inning when he ripped a 92-mph fastball for his 19th homer, a solo shot.

An inning later, the White Sox loaded the bases with a hit batter and two walks, including a nine-pitch free pass to Nieto.

Even though the White Sox didn’t score, Verlander needed 33 pitches to get through the frame, which ended with a strikeout of Abreu.