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White Sox pound Tigers in series finale to earn split

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox could have left Detroit barely trailing in the AL Central or back in a huge hole.

After losing the first two games of a four-game series, the World Series champions were pleased a split kept them in the division race.

Jon Garland pitched a six-hitter and Jermaine Dye hit two homers to lift Chicago to a 10-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

"This was huge," Garland acknowledged. "After losing the first two, we had to salvage these two. Now, we've still got a chance."

Chicago trails Detroit by 5½ games in the division and has a slim lead over Minnesota in the wild-card race.

"I don't say that we're in big trouble if we lose today, but now we can go back to Chicago and take care of our business," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

The White Sox head home for a three-game series against the Twins, who likely will not face designated hitter Jim Thome, who strained his left hamstring Wednesday night.

Detroit had a 10-game lead after play on Aug. 7, but the cushion has been cut almost in half after losing 11 of 16 games.

"We'll find out if we're good enough," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Garland (15-4) struck out two and walked one in his fifth career shutout, his third against Detroit. His previous shutout was Sept. 4 last year against -- who else? -- the Tigers.

"That's as good a pitching game as we've had all year," Guillen said. "He did everything that a pitcher is supposed to do out there."

Nate Robertson didn't.

Robertson (11-10) gave up a career-high 10 runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He has lost four of five starts, though his previous four were solid.

"He made a lot of bad pitches and every one of them went out of the ballpark," Leyland said.

Chicago scored one run in both the first and third innings before turning the game into a rout with three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the seventh.

"They looked like they were having fun, and we looked tired," Leyland said. "When you have a real ugly game, it's usually a combination of bad pitching, hitting, managing and defense -- we had all of that."

Leyland was not upset with first baseman Sean Casey after a bizarre play in the fifth, but was disappointed with some fans' reaction and a reporter's question about it.

Casey hit a liner to third baseman Joe Crede, then stopped running and pivoted toward home when it appeared the ball was caught before sprinting to avoid an embarrassing putout. Left fielder Pablo Ozuna charged and made a bouncing throw that just beat Casey.

"The people behind the dugout were booing and teasing him for not running," Leyland said. "That to me is not a fan."

Garland said the 5-7-3 play was a sign of things going Chicago's way.

"That's probably never happened before," he said.

Dye's homers -- in the first and fifth innings -- and Juan Uribe's all were two-out shots.

"When you come into this town and split a four-game series, the way that team is going, it's satisfying," said Dye said, who finished 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, three RBI and four runs.

Uribe's three-run homer in the fourth put the White Sox ahead 5-0 and Ozuna had three of Chicago's 14 hits.

"That's the best lineup in baseball, even without Thome," Robertson said.

Notes

  • Over the last two seasons, Garland leads the AL with 33 wins.
  • Garland is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA in his last five starts.
  • A sellout crowd of 41,565 put the Tigers over the 2 million mark for the third time since Comerica Park opened in 2000 and the ninth time in team history.
  • Detroit CF Curtis Granderson ended an 0-for-21 streak with a single in the first inning.
  • Over the last 49 games, Dye is hitting .366 with 17 homers -- four of which came in the series.
  • The game started after a rain delay of 55 minutes.
 
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Waiting is the hardest part as Nate Robertson regroups following Jermaine Dye's second dinger.  (AP)
Waiting is the hardest part as Nate Robertson regroups following Jermaine Dye's second dinger. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 3
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Garland
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF5031000 .331
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5210013 .287
Jermaine Dye, RF3433100 .325
    Rob Mackowiak, RF1000010 .299
Paul Konerko, DH5012031 .309
Joe Crede, 3B3011110 .295
    Alex Cintron, 3B1010000 .275
A.J. Pierzynski, C5110022 .299
Juan Uribe, SS4113003 .247
Ross Gload, 1B4000010 .283
Brian Anderson, CF4220010 .228
Totals401014102109 
Batting
2B - Pablo Ozuna (7, Lewis), Jermaine Dye (23, Robertson)
3B - Brian Anderson (1, Robertson)
HR - Jermaine Dye 2 (37, Robertson, Robertson), Juan Uribe (15, Robertson)
RBI - Pablo Ozuna (17), Jermaine Dye 3 (99), Paul Konerko 2 (89), Joe Crede (84), Juan Uribe 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye 3 (42), Paul Konerko 2 (27), Joe Crede (26), Juan Uribe 3 (22)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pablo Ozuna 1
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Gload
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,15-4) 9600120 4.47
HBP - Inge (by Jon Garland)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 111-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 11-13
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 34
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4020011 .262
Craig Monroe, LF3000003 .277
    Marcus Thames, LF1000000 .269
Dmitri Young, DH4000000 .262
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000000 .294
    Brent Clevlen, RF1010000 .407
Carlos Guillen, SS2000010 .308
   a- Omar Infante, PH-SS2010000 .272
Sean Casey, 1B4010000 .292
Neifi Perez, 2B4000003 .246
Brandon Inge, 3B1010100 .244
Vance Wilson, C3000003 .267
Totals320601210 
a-flied out for Guillen in the 7th
Fielding
DP - Inge-Perez-Casey
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,11-10) 6.291010263 4.10
Colby Lewis 2.1500040 3.00
IBB - Crede by Nate Robertson
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 88-59, Colby Lewis 46-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 8-5, Colby Lewis 3-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 30, Colby Lewis 12
Game Information
Attendance - 41565
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Lance Barksdale