Verlander (13-7) struck out 11 en route to his first victory in nearly a month, during which he allowed four hits and two walks while tossing 80 of his 124 pitches for strikes.
Jose Valverde corralled his 28th save despite yielding three hits and a run in the ninth as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox and pulled into a tie with them atop the American League Central.
Chicago's Chris Sale (15-6) took the loss, yielding four runs on five hits over six innings.
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