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White Sox stumble again, dropping 12th of last 19

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox could have taken control of the AL Central on Tuesday.

Instead, they left Comerica Park frustrated again.

The White Sox left 12 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Their lead remained at two games after Cleveland's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

"If you leave that many on base, you aren't going to win many games," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It keeps happening, and I don't know why. We had opportunities, and didn't take them."

The White Sox have lost 12 of 19.

"No one ever said this was going to be easy," Jermaine Dye said. "We've got to stay positive and just find a way to get some momentum."

Chicago had won three in a row before dropping the first two games of its four-game series in Detroit.

"Most of these guys have never been in this situation, but I have, and I have to lead them," Guillen said.

"You might want to go to your room, call your mom and cry, but when you come to the ballpark and put on the uniform, you have to be a man. I have 30 men to lead."

The Tigers have won four in a row.

"We're doing our job," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said as his players watched the Indians-Devil Rays game in the clubhouse.

Nate Robertson (7-15) ended a five-start losing streak, allowing one run on five hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five in his first win since Aug. 23.

"I thought I had pitched well enough to win some of those games," Robertson said. "Tonight, I made pitches when I needed them, and the defense made the plays."

Chris Spurling pitched 1 2/3 innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, before the White Sox scored a run in the ninth off Fernando Rodney.

Juan Uribe led off with a walk, took second on Tadahito Iguchi's one-out walk and moved to third when Aaron Rowand grounded into a force at second.

Paul Konerko followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2 before Rodney induced Dye to fly to center for his ninth save.

Brandon McCarthy (2-2) lost for the first time in six starts, dating to May 27. He gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I wasn't sharp," he said. "I had a lot of little problems. Everyone is a little down right now after two disappointing losses, but we'll figure it out."

McCarthy retired his first eight batters before Omar Infante hit his ninth homer of the season to give Detroit a 1-0 lead in the third.

The White Sox received three walks in the fourth, but a double play kept them from scoring.

Chicago tied it in the fifth. Pablo Ozuna singled, stole second, moved to third on Chris Widger's groundout and scored when Uribe slapped a single through the drawn-in infield.

Monroe's 20th homer gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the fifth, and they added to the margin in the sixth.

With one out, singles by Carlos Guillen and Chris Shelton put runners on the corners. Former White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez then hit a blooper to shallow center, just past the reach of second baseman Iguchi for a run-scoring single.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Spurling induced pinch-hitter Geoff Blum to ground into a 1-2-3 double play. Blum entered the game hitting .115 in his last eight games, and had only played once since Sept. 10.

"That's his job," Guillen said. "The guys on the bench have to be ready to hit."

Notes

  • Chicago 3B Joe Crede left Detroit early Tuesday to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child. Guillen said he was not sure when Crede would return, but expected to hear from him before Wednesday's game.
  • The Tigers honored their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, before the game. The Mud Hens won the International League title earlier this month.
  • Detroit C Ivan Rodriguez (left calf) did not play, while 2B Placido Polanco was not with the team to attend to a family matter.
 
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Craig Monroe's solo home run in the fifth inning is worthy of props from Carlos Pena.  (AP)
Craig Monroe's solo home run in the fifth inning is worthy of props from Carlos Pena. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5010012 .288
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3000202 .281
Aaron Rowand, CF5000005 .272
Paul Konerko, 1B4021110 .279
    Ross Gload, PR0000000 .156
Jermaine Dye, RF2000303 .270
Carl Everett, DH4020013 .247
    Willie Harris, PR-DH0000000 .257
Pablo Ozuna, 3B3110002 .268
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1010000 .800
    A.J. Pierzynski, C0000000 .256
Chris Widger, C3000023 .239
   b- Geoff Blum, PH-3B1000001 .226
Juan Uribe, SS2111200 .253
Totals332828521 
a-singled for Ozuna in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Widger in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Paul Konerko (98), Juan Uribe (70)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (37)
SB - Pablo Ozuna (14, 2nd base off Robertson/V. Wilson)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Iguchi-Uribe-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Brandon McCarthy (L,2-2) 6.1833042 4.21
Neal Cotts 0.2000000 1.98
Dustin Hermanson 1100000 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 83-58, Neal Cotts 1-1, Dustin Hermanson 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 7-8, Neal Cotts 1-0, Dustin Hermanson 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Neal Cotts 1, Dustin Hermanson 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000011 .284
Carlos Guillen, SS4120010 .321
Chris Shelton, 1B4010001 .299
Magglio Ordonez, RF4011001 .300
Carlos Pena, DH3000012 .238
Craig Monroe, LF3111002 .277
Brandon Inge, 3B3010000 .256
Vance Wilson, C2010000 .219
Omar Infante, 2B3121011 .223
Totals30393048 
Batting
HR - Craig Monroe (20, McCarthy), Omar Infante (9, McCarthy)
SH - Vance Wilson (2)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (43), Craig Monroe (89), Omar Infante (43)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (25)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Infante-Shelton, Spurling-V. Wilson-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,7-15) 6.1511550 4.41
Chris Spurling (H,11) 1.2200100 3.25
Fernando Rodney (S,9) 1111200 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 98-55, Chris Spurling 27-18, Fernando Rodney 30-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-4, Chris Spurling 2-2, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 28, Chris Spurling 7, Fernando Rodney 6
Game Information
Attendance - 13983
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Eric Cooper