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Thome continues to swing hot bat as ChiSox edge Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Jim Thome looks like he's headed for a big season -- just ask Detroit manager Jim Leyland.

Thome homered for the third straight game and Jose Contreras tossed eight strong innings to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Tigers 4-3 Wednesday.

Thome has five homers after getting just seven in an injury-shortened final season in Philadelphia, which traded him to Chicago in November. He added a double and scored twice against the Tigers.

"He looks very healthy and strong to me," Leyland said. "Not having to go out on defense will be a big help for him during the year."

Contreras (1-0), who stretched his winning streak to nine games dating to last season, struck out two and allowed six hits and one walk.

"Today, I was ready from the get go," Contreras said through an interpreter. "I was ready from the start today. I wasn't ready from the first inning against Cleveland."

He gave up two runs to the Indians in the first inning of his first start this season and has only given up one since.

"Jose pitched a great ballgame and it carried over," said Thome, whose homer was the 435th of his career tying him with Manny Ramirez for sixth among active players.

Chris Shelton hit his major league-leading sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot, to pull the Tigers within one in the ninth. But Bobby Jenks recovered to get the next two outs for his third save.

"It was nice that we showed some fight at the end," Shelton said. "But we need to win these kind of games."

The defending World Series champions, who evened their record at 4-4 with their third consecutive win, also got two RBI and two hits from Paul Konerko.

Craig Monroe hit his third homer of the season and second in two games for Detroit. The Tigers have lost three straight after a 5-0 start.

Thome hit a one-out homer against Nate Robertson (1-1) in the fourth to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. He also doubled and scored on Konerko's two-run single in the sixth. Joe Crede drove in Konerko with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

"The double was bigger than the home run. ... That's why we got him," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said about Thome. "Hopefully, he stays hot."

Robertson allowed three earned runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking three.

Detroit threatened in the fifth when Carlos Guillen tripled. But Contreras, who last lost on Aug. 15, got Shelton and Omar Infante to foul out.

Contreras walked Curtis Granderson with two out in the eighth and Placido Polanco followed with a single to send Granderson to third. But Rodriguez flied out to end the inning.

"I wanted to go right at him," Contreras said. "Even though he hit the ball hard, I wanted to go right at him."

Notes

  • Detroit LHP Mike Maroth's scheduled start on Thursday was moved back to Sunday because of elbow soreness. RHP Justin Verlander will start Thursday.
  • Chicago LF Scott Podsednik broke a 1-for-26 slump by leading off the game with a double.
  • SS Guillen made the Tigers' first error of the season when he dropped a throw from Shelton at first on an attempted force play.
 
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Jim Thome has five HRs after hitting just seven in an injury-shortened season in Philly in '05.  (AP)
Jim Thome has five HRs after hitting just seven in an injury-shortened season in Philly in '05. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Contreras
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010000
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3100100
Jim Thome, DH4221001
Paul Konerko, 1B4122011
Jermaine Dye, RF3010111
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000012
Joe Crede, 3B3001000
Juan Uribe, SS3000120
Brian Anderson, CF4000013
Totals32464368 
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (, Robertson), Jim Thome (, Robertson)
HR - Jim Thome (, Robertson)
SF - Joe Crede ()
RBI - Jim Thome (), Paul Konerko 2 (), Joe Crede ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Crede-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (W,-) 8611121
Bobby Jenks (S,) 1222011
WP - Jose Contreras ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 110-77, Bobby Jenks 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 11-10, Bobby Jenks 1-1
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 30, Bobby Jenks 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000110
Placido Polanco, 2B4020000
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000013
Magglio Ordonez, RF4120000
Carlos Guillen, SS4020002
Chris Shelton, 1B4112003
Omar Infante, DH4000012
Craig Monroe, LF4111000
Brandon Inge, 3B3000000
Totals343831310 
Batting
2B - Magglio Ordonez (, Jenks)
3B - Carlos Guillen (, Contreras)
HR - Chris Shelton (, Jenks), Craig Monroe (, Contreras)
RBI - Chris Shelton 2 (), Craig Monroe ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Shelton
E - Carlos Guillen (, missed catch)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,-) 7543361
Chris Spurling 1100000
Fernando Rodney 1000000
IBB - Uribe by Nate Robertson
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 101-62, Chris Spurling 11-8, Fernando Rodney 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 12-4, Chris Spurling 1-1, Fernando Rodney 2-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 30, Chris Spurling 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12601
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman