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Detroit at Chicago

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Detroit (59-38) «1013002209180
Chi. White Sox (43-55)0201210006110

Tigers 9, White Sox 6

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Curtis Granderson doesn't recall Mike Hessman being the type of hitter that blooped singles into the outfield when they played together in the minors two years ago.

Hessman hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning -- hours after being called up from Triple-A Toledo -- to lead the Detroit Tigers past the last-place Chicago White Sox 9-6 on Monday night.

"I think there's a couple things that you still haven't seen," Granderson said. "I had a chance to play with him in 2005 and he can definitely provide a lot of power with that bat.

"And sure enough, he was able to get an RBI single with a bloop hit rather than a power hit. So once he starts straightening out a couple balls and using that power you're going to have something else to watch out for as well."

Granderson went 3-for-3, including a leadoff homer, with one walk and was hit by a pitch and drove in four runs as the Tigers increased their lead in the AL Central to two games ahead of the Cleveland Indians.

Trailing 6-5 in the seventh inning with one out, the Tigers came back against White Sox ace Mark Buehrle (7-6). He gave up three consecutive singles to Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez to load the bases.

Ehren Wassermann came in and got pinch-hitter Sean Casey to pop out, but Hessman followed by dropping down a bloop-single into right.

"I saw that guy probably right around the All-Star break -- we faced Charlotte at our place," Hessman said. "So I've seen him this year before. I grounded out the last time I faced him. So I had an idea of what he had and what he was going to do to me."

Jason Grilli (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn the victory for the Tigers, who have won 12 of their last 16. Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances.

"It wasn't the most beautiful contest in the world, obviously, but we came out on the right end of it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Josh Fields hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which has lost eight of its last 11 and is a season-high 16½ games behind the Tigers.

Rodriguez also tried to score on a wild pitch by Wassermann, but was tagged out after catcher A.J. Pierzynski flipped the ball to Wassermann at the plate.

Before the game, the Tigers purchased the contract of Hessman from Triple-A Toledo and optioned outfielder Timo Perez to Toledo. Hessman led the International League with 27 home runs.

The Tigers got insurance runs in the eighth inning. Granderson scored on Gary Sheffield's sacrifice fly and Ordonez drove in Placido Polanco to make it 9-6.

Buehrle lasted 6 1/3 innings, but gave up a season-high seven runs and tied a career high with 14 hits allowed. He struck out five and walked two.

"It's a long year," Buehrle said. "What we've gone through this year and the way we've been playing, it's been a long season. It's not over. Mathematically, we're not out of it, but I don't know how much closer we're going to get."

Buehrle's grandmother is sick and his pregnant wife is scheduled to be induced Thursday. He'll leave the club for the St. Louis area on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the health of his grandmother. He expects to be back with the club Saturday for his next start.

"Obviously, family is more important than baseball," Buehrle said. "This is time where I need to be home now."

After getting the first two outs in the sixth, Tigers reliever Macay McBride walked Jermaine Dye. Grilli came in and walked the next two batters to load the bases, then plunked pinch-hitter Rob Mackowiak with a fastball to give the White Sox a 6-5 lead.

Tigers starter rookie Andrew Miller couldn't hold a 5-2 lead. He gave up a run on Jim Thome's fielder's choice in the fourth. Pierzynski hit an infield single off Miller in the fifth inning and Dye followed with an RBI double to cut the Tigers' lead to 5-4.

After a two-out walk to Andy Gonzalez and an infield single by Jerry Owens to load the bases, Miller walked Tadahito Iguchi to tie it at 5.

Miller lasted just 4 2/3 innings in his ninth career start. He gave up a season-high 10 hits and allowed five runs in his shortest outing. He struck out seven and walked five.

Granderson broke a 2-all tie in the fourth inning with a with a two-run double with bases loaded off Buehrle. Polanco drove in Brandon Inge on an infield single giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead.

Notes

  • The White Sox honored former pitcher Billy Pierce before the game with a life-sized statue that is displayed on the left-center field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • The Tigers will recall Virgil Vasquez from Triple-A Toledo to pitch in the second game of the doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday.
  • The White Sox will recall Gavin Floyd from Triple-A Charlotte to start in the second game of the doubleheader.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Detroit

M. Hessman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3234100 .303
Placido Polanco, 2B5131001 .334
Gary Sheffield, DH4001011 .300
Magglio Ordonez, RF5131012 .362
Carlos Guillen, SS4110114 .308
Ivan Rodriguez, C5030000 .289
Craig Monroe, LF3110001 .223
   a- Sean Casey, PH-1B2000003 .291
Mike Hessman, 1B4122020 .500
    Ryan Raburn, LF1000001 .364
Brandon Inge, 3B5220001 .244
Totals41918925  
a-popped out for Monroe in the 7th
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (28, Buehrle), Placido Polanco (22, Thornton), Brandon Inge (15, Buehrle)
HR - Curtis Granderson (14, Buehrle)
SF - Gary Sheffield (6)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 4 (49), Placido Polanco (42), Gary Sheffield (66), Magglio Ordonez (82), Mike Hessman 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (28), Mike Hessman 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
Detroit Tigers
Andrew Miller 4.21055571 3.78
Macay McBride 1011110 3.80
Jason Grilli (W,4-2) 1.1000210 5.40
Bobby Seay (H,8) 0.1000000 3.08
Zach Miner (H,7) 0.2100000 2.61
Todd Jones (S,27) 1000010 4.89
HBP - Mackowiak (by Jason Grilli)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 111-67, Macay McBride 14-9, Jason Grilli 26-12, Bobby Seay 1-1, Zach Miner 8-5, Todd Jones 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 6-1, Macay McBride 1-1, Jason Grilli 2-1, Bobby Seay 1-0, Zach Miner 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 29, Macay McBride 4, Jason Grilli 7, Bobby Seay 1, Zach Miner 3, Todd Jones 3
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF-LF6010015 .238
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4011210 .248
Jim Thome, DH5001034 .275
Paul Konerko, 1B4000123 .261
A.J. Pierzynski, C5120000 .262
Jermaine Dye, RF3321200 .232
Josh Fields, 3B4122124 .252
Juan Uribe, SS4110112 .222
Andy Gonzalez, LF2020100 .225
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH-LF0001000 .278
    Luis Terrero, CF0000000 .224
   b- Alex Cintron, PH1000000 .238
Totals386116810  
a-hit by pitch for Gonzalez in the 6th
b-flied out for Terrero in the 9th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (14, Miller), Jermaine Dye (19, Miller)
HR - Josh Fields (6, Miller)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (28), Jim Thome (53), Jermaine Dye (47), Josh Fields 2 (25), Rob Mackowiak (34)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (11), Rob Mackowiak (14)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Fields-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,7-6) 6.11477251 3.23
Ehren Wasserman (BS,1) 1100000 11.57
Matt Thornton0122000 5.51
Ryan Bukvich 0.2100000 3.94
Dewon Day 1100000 11.25
HBP - Granderson (by Matt Thornton)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 111-74, Ehren Wasserman 11-6, Matt Thornton 6-3, Ryan Bukvich 12-8, Dewon Day 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 3-9, Ehren Wasserman 1-1, Ryan Bukvich 1-1, Dewon Day 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 33, Ehren Wasserman 3, Matt Thornton 2, Ryan Bukvich 3, Dewon Day 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30122
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Chad Fairchild