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Tigers bullpen coughs up another game vs. White Sox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox are pretty confident when they have to go to their bullpen.

Jermaine Dye doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and five Chicago relievers combined to toss three scoreless innings in a 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

White Sox relievers also tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Friday.

"Everyone is throwing well right now," said David Aardsma (2-0), who got the last out of the ninth for the win. "It doesn't matter who goes in right now as long we're getting people out."

Detroit relievers aren't having the same success. Fernando Rodney (1-4) gave up two hits and two runs, including Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly in the 10th. Rodney, 7-4 out of the bullpen last season, has half of the Tigers' losses this season.

"He didn't throw well," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He didn't have any kind of rhythm or sync.

"He swears he's fine, but his velocity is down and his control is bad. Usually, in some cases, it's a sign something's not right."

Rodney said he feels fine physically.

"I'm just not throwing like I have to," he said. "I'm a little inconsistent and I'm not getting good location."

In Friday's win, Chicago pushed across a run in the seventh against Detroit reliever Jason Grilli to take a 5-4 lead.

Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect 10th Saturday for his sixth save in seven chances.

"We never gave up," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose club trailed 4-0 after the first inning. "We knew if we kept the game close we'd have a chance.

"We've got good arms right now. Guys are throwing strikes, attacking the strike zone -- just not afraid to go out and pitch."

White Sox starter Jose Contreras retired 16 straight batters after Carlos Guillen's first-inning grand slam, but Magglio Ordonez ended the run in the sixth when he sent a two-out pitch deep into left-center field for his second home run of the season.

Nate Robertson gave up three earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Tigers. He struck out three and walked two.

Detroit has lost three straight.

Robertson retired the first nine batters he faced but ran into trouble in the fourth when he loaded the bases with a hit and two walks. Joe Crede's RBI single capped the three-run inning and Jim Thome added a sacrifice fly an inning later to tie it.

Crede also hit an RBI single against Joel Zumaya in the eighth to tie it at 5-5.

"Our bullpen just keeps buying the batters time to get a run," said Paul Konerko, who led off the 10th with a double. "They're just doing their job and they're doing great."

The Tigers, who managed just two hits in the last four innings of Friday's loss to the White Sox, opened the first inning with consecutive hits off Contreras, who then hit Gary Sheffield to load the bases.

Guillen made him pay an out later when he hit the right-hander's first pitch into the right-field bleachers. Contreras gave up five hits.

Detroit committed three errors, two of which led to Chicago runs, and had just two hits after Ordonez's homer.

"We did some stuff today that was embarrassing," Leyland said. "If we're not embarrassed, we should be. Myself, the coaches and everyone else.

"We should all be embarrassed."

Notes

  • Leyland and RHP Justin Verlander were presented the Sporting News Manager and Rookie of the Year awards before the game.
  • Several members of the White Sox, including LHP Mark Buehrle and Dye, had tickets for Saturday evening's Detroit Pistons playoff opener in suburban Auburn Hills.
  • Detroit 2B Placido Polanco went 1-for-4 to end a streak of six multi-hit games at Comerica Park.
 
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Jermaine Dye's 10th-inning double propels the White Sox to their fourth consecutive victory.  (AP)
Jermaine Dye's 10th-inning double propels the White Sox to their fourth consecutive victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Crede
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF5220001 .333
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4120111 .267
Jim Thome, DH2111100 .333
    Brian Anderson, PR-DH0100000 .125
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH-DH1000001 .238
Paul Konerko, 1B5111012 .193
Jermaine Dye, RF4112110 .208
Joe Crede, 3B5022001 .226
Darin Erstad, CF5000013 .169
Juan Uribe, SS4011024 .234
Gustavo Molina, C2000000 .000
   b- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C2000001 .184
Totals39710736  
a-grounded out for Anderson in the 9th
b-popped out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Ozuna (2, Robertson), Paul Konerko (4, Rodney), Jermaine Dye (2, Rodney)
SF - Jim Thome (1), Juan Uribe (2)
SH - Gustavo Molina (1)
RBI - Jim Thome (9), Paul Konerko (8), Jermaine Dye 2 (12), Joe Crede 2 (5), Juan Uribe (11)
SB - Darin Erstad (4, 2nd base off Rodney/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 7555022 6.16
Boone Logan 0.1000000 0.00
Mike MacDougal 0.2000120 3.52
Andrew Sisco 0.2100010 2.57
David Aardsma (W,2-0) 0.1000010 0.77
Bobby Jenks (S,6) 1000000 3.72
HBP - Sheffield (by Jose Contreras)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 86-64, Boone Logan 2-1, Mike MacDougal 18-9, Andrew Sisco 14-10, David Aardsma 5-3, Bobby Jenks 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 10-9, Boone Logan 1-0, Bobby Jenks 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 27, Boone Logan 1, Mike MacDougal 3, Andrew Sisco 3, David Aardsma 1, Bobby Jenks 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5110000 .292
Placido Polanco, 2B4110100 .375
Gary Sheffield, DH3100011 .119
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111014 .258
Carlos Guillen, SS4124010 .286
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010001 .284
Sean Casey, 1B4000001 .158
Craig Monroe, LF4000021 .186
Brandon Inge, 3B4000010 .115
Totals3656516  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (6, Contreras)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (2, Contreras), Carlos Guillen (2, Contreras)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (11), Carlos Guillen 4 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (5)
SB - Carlos Guillen (3, 2nd base off Contreras/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Carlos Guillen (2, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Inge (2, Misplayed grounder), Nate Robertson (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 6.1543230 2.39
Joel Zumaya (BS,1) 1.2211130 1.54
Todd Jones 1100000 1.93
Fernando Rodney (L,1-4) 1221000 7.88
WP - Joel Zumaya (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 92-60, Joel Zumaya 32-21, Todd Jones 16-12, Fernando Rodney 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 10-7, Todd Jones 2-1, Fernando Rodney 2-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 27, Joel Zumaya 8, Todd Jones 4, Fernando Rodney 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39618
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Paul Schrieber