Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Lack of offense continues to be a problem for a team that figured it would be able to club its shortcomings out of mind.

The Detroit Tigers lost 6-1 at Chicago on Monday night to drop three games behind the first-place White Sox with three games yet to go in the series.

The Tigers have dropped the first four games of a 10-game trip that even they admit is critical to their postseason chances. They have lost six of seven since sweeping the White Sox at Comerica Park more than a week ago. Overall, the Tigers have lost 15 of their last 20 road games, and they are 3-for-21 with runners in scoring position on the road trip.

"I don't know if you'd say frustrated," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't know if that's the right word. We know what's at stake here, so obviously you don't like to lose games.

"It's pretty important you gotta win games at this time of year, particularly when you're playing the clubs ahead of you. We had some chances early that we didn't take advantage of."

That's been a weary refrain for the sinking Tigers of late.

Detroit has scored two runs or fewer in each of its past six losses. It got seven runs in the only game it won over the past week.

The Tigers and right-hander Rick Porcello were clinging tenaciously to a 1-0 lead Monday until Omar Infante booted a routine grounder to second with one out in the sixth. After a ground ball got past Jhonny Peralta into left field for a single, Alex Rios hit a sinker that didn't have quite enough sink on it for a game-reversing three-run home run.

"He did pretty good," Leyland said of Porcello. "We just didn't play a very good game. That's pretty simple, we just didn't play a real good game defensively.

"And, of course, we only got the one run again. He got a sinker up to Rios, and (Rios) just hit it out of the ballpark. But he was pitching really, really well."

Detroit made three errors after going mistake-free in six straight.

The Tigers aren't dead yet, but they're putting themselves in position to be covered with sand on the beach.

Leyland will have his three best pitchers going in the final three games at Chicago: Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

"They're all big now," Leyland said. "You can't downplay a series like this."

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