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Benoit, Tigers beat White Sox 8-5

Wednesday - 7/10/2013, 11:34pm  ET

Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder scores on a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Joaquin Benoit is enjoying a little extra attention these days.

That's taken some getting used to for Detroit's setup man-turned-closer.

The Tigers are promoting Benoit's campaign to win the final vote for the American League All-Star team, and on a night when orange "Vote BENOIT" shirts were all over Comerica Park, the veteran right-hander closed out Detroit's 8-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"A little bit shaky -- I guess too excited for everything that's going on with the fan votes," Benoit said. "If I don't get there, I'm really just happy because everybody's voting for me."

Benoit walked two in the ninth, but was able to finish the game. Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera -- who are already on the All-Star team -- had three hits apiece for the Tigers on Wednesday night, including a two-run homer by Fielder.

Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game. Fielder lined his two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year.

Alex Avila's two-run single in the third put Detroit ahead 5-1.

Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham homered for Chicago.

Detroit's Rick Porcello (6-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

The Tigers' bullpen has been shaky all season, but Benoit has been used more as a closer lately. He's now 8-for-8 in save chances, and he lowered his ERA to 1.69.

He's part of a group of five relievers up for a final vote for the AL All-Star team. The others are Toronto's Steve Delabar, the New York Yankees' David Robertson, Texas' Tanner Scheppers, and Boston's Koji Uehara.

"It's probably the only thing I haven't accomplished in my career," Benoit said. "I've been to the World Series last year, I've been to the playoffs. I've been a starter, I've been a reliever. I've done almost everything -- now an All-Star game wouldn't be bad."

The Tigers extended their AL Central lead over second-place Cleveland to 3
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