Detroit at Chicago

W: J. Garland (17-8) L: J. Bonderman (14-12)
HR: DET - None   CHW - P. Konerko (33)

Garland dominates woeful Tigers, picks up 17th win of season

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Jon Garland finally earned his elusive 17th victory. Now he says his next goal isn't reaching 20 wins, it's helping the Chicago White Sox make a final push to the playoffs.

"It's still a grind," Garland said Sunday after getting win No. 17 on his fifth try. "We still have to play Cleveland a few more times. As long as we continue to play the way we've played the last few days, everything will be fine."

Garland threw a four-hitter and Paul Konerko homered, sending Chicago to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers and a sweep of their four-game series.

After going 12-16 in August, the White Sox are 4-0 in September.

"When one person starts it off, it all seems to roll from there," Garland said after Chicago outscored Detroit 29-6 in the series.

After losing three consecutive decisions, Garland (17-8) pitched his third complete game of the season -- all shutouts. Winning for the first time since Aug. 7, he received two stellar defensive plays to keep the Tigers from scoring.

Garland, who started the season 8-0, walked one and struck out seven, including Chris Shelton with a runner at third to end the eighth right after manager Ozzie Guillen came to the mound and asked if he was OK.

"I was kind of worried about him leaving the ball around the plate and giving up a home run, and all of a sudden he'd lose everything he built for the whole game. He said he was fine and I believe my pitchers," Guillen said

Garland outpitched Jeremy Bonderman (14-12), who lost his third consecutive start despite allowing five hits in his fourth complete game this season and the sixth of his career. He struck out six and walked one.

"That's the way it goes, man," Bonderman said. "What are you going to do? Can't sit here and cry about it."

Konerko's 33rd homer gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the fourth, right after two key defensive plays turned the Tigers away.

After center fielder Aaron Rowand made a nice, running catch of Shelton's long drive, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Pena hit two-out singles in the fourth. But with runners at first and third, third baseman Pablo Ozuna made a diving stop of Craig Monroe's hard shot down the line before getting to his feet and throwing him out.

"I probably wouldn't have been out there in the ninth if it wasn't for Pablo in that fourth inning. If he doesn't make that play, I probably wouldn't have been in the game," Garland said.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell agreed.

"It was a big play. Who knows what might have happened after that?" Trammell said. "If he doesn't make that play, we could have arguably scored two runs."

If Ozuna's play was a rally stopper, one Bonderman didn't make in the first helped the White Sox score their first run.

Scott Podsednik led off with a single, moved up on Bonderman's wild pitch and scored when Tadahito Iguchi hit a single that deflected off Bonderman's glove and was redirected past second baseman Placido Polanco.

"I touched quite a bit of it, it hit my glove pretty good," Bonderman said. "It was just reaction."

Monroe then saved a run with a great, over-the-shoulder catch of Konerko's drive to the warning track in center.

The victory gave the White Sox a 9½-game lead over second-place Cleveland in the AL Central. Not enough for Guillen to relax completely. Not just yet.

"We have to get there. We feel better coming here getting a little lead," Guillen said. "We have to worry about ourselves. The way we're playing right now, I feel pretty good about this team."


  • It was Garland's fourth career shutout and fifth complete game.
  • The White Sox play a makeup game at Fenway Park on Monday before returning home to finish their homestand Tuesday through Sunday against the Royals and Angels. Chicago will leave all its starting pitchers behind for the makeup game. Rookie Brandon McCarthy will get the start.
  • Detroit has lost nine of 11 overall and finished 2-7 on a tough road trip to Boston, Cleveland and Chicago.
  • Garland is 9-4 in his career against the Tigers, including 3-0 this season. Two of his three shutouts this year are against Detroit.
  • Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez, 1-for-15 in his career against Garland entering the game, didn't start but pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out.
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Jon Garland continues his quest for the AL Cy Young, shutting out the Tigers 2-0.  (AP)
Jon Garland continues his quest for the AL Cy Young, shutting out the Tigers 2-0. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Garland
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 7

J. Bonderman
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 6

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Chris Shelton, 1B3000011 .301
Dmitri Young, LF4000011 .270
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010001 .324
Carlos Pena, DH3010110 .226
Craig Monroe, CF4000023 .281
Brandon Inge, 3B3000010 .267
Omar Infante, SS3020010 .231
Vance Wilson, C2000001 .179
   a- Ivan Rodriguez, PH-C1000001 .291
a-flied out for V. Wilson in the 8th
2B - Omar Infante (27, Garland)
Team LOB - 6
E - Jeremy Bonderman (5, throwing error)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,14-12) 8522161 4.35
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 110-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 8-9
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 29
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4120010 .285
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4011001 .285
Carl Everett, DH3000021 .262
Paul Konerko, 1B2111101 .276
Aaron Rowand, CF3010002 .279
Jermaine Dye, RF3000010 .270
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000021 .267
Geoff Blum, SS3000000 .228
Pablo Ozuna, 3B3000000 .274
HR - Paul Konerko (33, Bonderman)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (56), Paul Konerko (84)
CS - Scott Podsednik (19, 3rd base by Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,17-8) 9400170 3.28
HBP - Shelton (by Jon Garland)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 122-81
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 8-12
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 33
Game Information
Attendance - 30931
Game Time - 2:07
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor