Detroit at Chicago

W: F. Garcia (12-7) L: S. Douglass (5-3)
HR: DET - None   CHW - J. Uribe (10), C. Everett (22), W. Harris (1)

Garcia picks up first win in month as White Sox cruise

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Freddy Garcia was happy to see September.

Garcia won for the first time since July 31, and Carl Everett and Juan Uribe hit three-run homers that led Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 9-1 Friday night.

"Last night I talked to the guys and said, 'Save some for tomorrow,' and they did," Garcia said, referring to Thursday's 12-3 victory over Detroit.

Garcia (12-7) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts, improving to 17-6 in September during his major league career. He was 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA in five August starts.

"He had to step up and show the team what kind of pitcher he is," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We count on Freddy big time. He's a guy the pitching staff looks up to."

David Sanders, making his first appearance in the major leagues since July 17, 2003, and Bobby Jenks finished the three-hitter.

Chicago took a 4-0 lead in the second, when A.J. Pierzynski had a run-scoring single and Uribe hit his 10th homer.

Garcia threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the fourth, but Chicago made it 8-1 in the bottom half when Pablo Ozuna hit an RBI single and Everett homered for the second straight game.

Sean Douglass (5-3) gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, his ERA rising from 5.58 to 6.39.

"When you're not pitching well, that's what happens," Douglass said.

Detroit has lost seven of nine, falling to 63-69.

"I'd say the pounding continued," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "Right now there are no answers. ... We just can't seem to get out of these jams without giving up something huge."

Willie Harris added a solo homer, his first of the season and just his fifth in his three-year career, in the sixth inning against Chris Spurling.

"I don't hit homers too often," Harris said. "I hardly know how it feels to have that trot. I tried to get around the bases and get back to the dugout."

Harris is hitting .428 (9-for-21) since returning to Chicago from a stint in the minors and has four hits in his last two games. He started in place of Tadahito Iguchi, who has missed time for personal reasons.

Along with Pierzynski and Uribe, Harris has helped spark the bottom of the order the past two games.

"We need that," Guillen said. "We've really struggled all season long in the seven, eighth and ninth (spots). No one was consistent there."


The White Sox said longtime radio play-by-play broadcaster John Rooney will not return next season when the team switches stations. The team said it was Rooney's decision; Rooney directed calls to his agent. ... The Tigers' Magglio Ordonez sat out with a sore left biceps after getting hit by a Dustin Hermanson pitch in the ninth inning Thursday. ... Detroit's Dmitri Young was a late scratch with a bruised left thumb. ... Iguchi was late for his second straight game for personal reasons and did not play. ... The White Sox held a "Mullet Night" promotion in which many team employees wore wigs that were short in the front and long in the back.

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Players of the Game

F. Garcia
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 7

J. Uribe
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1

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