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Garcia goes the distance as ChiSox sweep Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Freddy Garcia made sure the Chicago White Sox didn't get too late of a start on their trip to the West Coast.

After a rain delay of 2 hours, 4 minutes, Garcia needed barely more time than that to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Thursday, pitching a five-hitter for his first complete game of the season. The game sped by in just 2:08.

"Awesome," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said as his team prepared to head for Oakland. "Freddy did a tremendous job and saved the bullpen for the next couple days."

The Tigers lost their fourth in a row. The White Sox completed their first sweep in Detroit since 2002 and improved to 7-1 against the Tigers this season.

"This is tough, because we feel like we are the better team," Craig Monroe said. "But being the best team on paper doesn't mean anything. They came in here and did everything they needed to do, and that's hard to accept."

Chicago is 16 games ahead of the fourth-place Tigers in the AL Central.

"Hopefully, we continue to build on what we did in the last three months," Guillen said.

Garcia (8-3) improved to 5-0 in his last eight starts. The only run he gave up was unearned, and he struck out eight in his first complete game since beating San Diego in his final start for Seattle on June 25 last year. He was traded to the White Sox two days later.

"I had a good fastball, and I threw it for strikes when I needed it," Garcia said. "In the first three innings, I threw some bad pitches, but I didn't lose my concentration."

Mike Maroth (5-9) dropped to 1-7 in his last nine starts, allowing five runs and six hits in seven innings. All five runs scored on homers by Joe Crede and Carl Everett.

"I made two bad pitches," he said. "Without those pitches, it is a different game."

Garcia did a good job of avoiding early trouble, escaping a second-and-third jam in the first inning by striking out Rondell White and Monroe.

Vance Wilson put Detroit ahead 1-0 in the second with an RBI single -- just his fourth hit in 38 at-bats -- but Garcia got out of another second-and-third, one-out situation with a strikeout and a grounder. He didn't allow another runner until Monroe's two-out single in the sixth.

"Give that guy credit," Monroe said. "He's got one of the best sliders in the game -- it is coming at you 94 miles an hour straight down."

Maroth didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when Jermaine Dye drew a leadoff walk and Aaron Rowand singled. Chris Widger bunted into a forceout at third base, but Crede followed with a three-run homer into the left-field bullpen.

"He kind of left a curveball over the plate and I was able to hit it hard," Crede said. "This has been fun. I can't recall any time I've had this much fun on a team."

In the fifth, Paul Konerko singled with one out and Everett hit his 12th homer, a drive over the bullpen.

Chicago added a run on Dye's RBI double in the eighth.

"I certainly see why this team is in first place," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "They play the right way."

Notes

  • Crede has hit just two of 11 homers off left-handers.
  • The White Sox placed LHP Damaso Marte (inflamed muscle on the left side of his upper back) on the 15-day DL and recalled LHP Kevin Walker from Triple-A Charlotte.
  • The temperature at noon was in the low-90s, but dropped 20 degrees after the heavy rain that delayed the start.
  • Garcia is 13-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last 18 afternoon starts.
  • Chicago claimed LHP Ryan Wing off waivers from Texas and optioned him to Class A Winston-Salem. Wing, 23, was 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 12 games with Class A Bakersfield this season.
 
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Joe Crede is congratulated by Aaron Rowand after his fifth-inning homer.  (AP)
Joe Crede is congratulated by Aaron Rowand after his fifth-inning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Crede
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

F. Garcia
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 
Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, SS5010001 .292
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000112 .283
Frank Thomas, DH3000101 .218
    Timo Perez, PR-DH1100001 .200
Paul Konerko, 1B4110012 .246
Carl Everett, LF4122000 .269
Jermaine Dye, RF3021100 .265
Aaron Rowand, CF3110101 .280
Chris Widger, C4100005 .268
Joe Crede, 3B4123000 .243
Totals356964213 
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (13, Spurling)
HR - Carl Everett (12, Maroth), Joe Crede (11, Maroth)
RBI - Carl Everett 2 (48), Jermaine Dye (37), Joe Crede 3 (35)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Pablo Ozuna (4, misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (W,8-3) 9510180 3.29
WP - Freddy Garcia (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 96-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 14-6
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 34
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4000022 .295
Placido Polanco, 2B3000102 .328
Chris Shelton, 1B4010010 .338
Rondell White, DH4010022 .299
Craig Monroe, RF4010023 .282
Alexis Gomez, LF4110002 .188
Omar Infante, SS4000001 .222
Vance Wilson, C3011010 .120
Nook Logan, CF2000000 .285
Totals321511812 
Batting
2B - Rondell White (13, Garcia)
SH - Nook Logan (7)
RBI - Vance Wilson (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-Polanco-Shelton, Spurling-V. Wilson-Shelton
E - Omar Infante (7, misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (L,5-9) 7655212 4.25
Chris Spurling 1211200 2.70
Jamie Walker 1100010 1.71
IBB - Rowand by Chris Spurling
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 95-62, Chris Spurling 19-8, Jamie Walker 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 11-9, Chris Spurling 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 29, Chris Spurling 6, Jamie Walker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23447
Game Time - 2:08
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jim Wolf