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Detroit (60-40) «01135000313190
Chi. White Sox (45-56)3022020009100

Tigers 13, White Sox 9

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Ryan Raburn laid down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Then he started swinging the bat.

Raburn, making an emergency start after Gary Sheffield was scratched from the lineup, hit two homers and drove in seven runs to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago White Sox 13-9 on Wednesday.

"I don't know who the dumb (guy) was who had him bunt the first time," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I wanted to try and get a run on the board in the first inning. It didn't work, obviously. Maybe it made him mad."

Raburn hit homers in the third and fourth innings and had an RBI double during Detroit's five-run fifth. He added two more runs on a single in the ninth. His seven RBI were the most for a Tiger since Carlos Pena also had seven on May 19, 2003, at Cleveland, and one shy of the club record held by Jim Northrup.

"I think it's probably the best game I've ever had, and probably ever will," Raburn said.

The 26-year-old Raburn, called up for the first time this season from Triple-A Toledo on July 6, hit his first career homer last Friday. He's 10-for-20 in nine games, with three homers and 10 RBI.

"What I like about him is he's a hungry player," Leyland said. "He went down to Triple-A and did everything we asked. He has some versatility and we're going to use him."

Jason Grilli (5-2) got the win, giving up two runs and three hits in three innings of relief. Tim Byrdak, activated from the 15-day disabled list after elbow tendinitis, pitched two perfect innings for his first save.

Kenny Rogers struggled in a battle of aging pitchers. The 42-year-old left-hander lasted four innings, served up four homers and yielded seven runs in all. He has allowed 17 earned runs in his last three starts, spanning just 15 1/3 innings.

"I'm not worried about Kenny," Leyland said. "That's the least of my worries."

Jose Contreras (5-13) was worse, giving up nine runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings to push his ERA to 6.22. The erstwhile ace has lost six straight starts and has a 9.41 ERA in that span. He is 1-9 over his last 11 starts.

"It was real bad pitching on both sides," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Contreras said he felt more confident on Wednesday than he has all year. He said he's not hurt, either -- just not pitching very well.

"It's location for me," Contreras said through an interpreter. "I'm trying to hit my spots and the ball is not moving. It's staying right in the middle of the plate."

Jermaine Dye hit his 17th homer in the first inning, a three-run shot, and Josh Fields hit a two-run homer in the third for Chicago. Juan Uribe and Andy Gonzalez added solo shots in the fourth.

"It was a hitter's night tonight," Dye said.

Raburn, whose only other appearance in the big leagues was a 12-game stretch with Detroit in 2004, hit a three-run shot in the fourth that tied the game at 5. Homers by Uribe and Gonzalez in the bottom of the inning gave the White Sox a 7-5 lead.

Carlos Guillen singled to lead off the fifth, and one out later Mike Rabelo and Brandon Inge had singled to cut the deficit to 7-6. After Omar Infante reached on a fielder's choice, Granderson lashed a two-out, run-scoring single to right to tie the game.

After Contreras was yanked, Boone Logan gave up gave up Raburn's double and Sean Casey's two-run single that put Detroit ahead.

"He didn't have anything on the mound," Guillen said of Contreras. "We gave him every opportunity to get out of that inning and he couldn't."

The White Sox cut into the lead in the sixth. Grilli gave up a single to Toby Hall and walked Andy Gonzalez, leading to Iguchi's two-run double that sailed past Raburn in shallow right to make it 10-9.


Sheffield missed the game with a sore right shoulder. ... Ozzie Guillen said Darin Erstad (sprained left ankle) should be ready to return to the team in a few days. ... Ryan Bukvich pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox. ... Fields has homered in three straight days, going 0-for-4 in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He is hitting .409 in his last six games.

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Players of the Game

R. Raburn
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2

J. Fields
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5321100 .303
Ryan Raburn, RF5347000 .500
Sean Casey, 1B6022012 .294
Magglio Ordonez, DH4000103 .353
Carlos Guillen, SS4220100 .309
Craig Monroe, LF5120023 .224
Mike Rabelo, C4130000 .287
    Ivan Rodriguez, C0000000 .289
Brandon Inge, 3B4131011 .248
Omar Infante, 2B5211014 .252
2B - Ryan Raburn (2, Logan)
HR - Ryan Raburn 2 (3, Contreras, Contreras)
SH - Ryan Raburn (1), Mike Rabelo (3)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (51), Ryan Raburn 7 (10), Sean Casey 2 (37), Brandon Inge (47), Omar Infante (13)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (23), Ryan Raburn 6 (8), Sean Casey 2 (13)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers 4777324 5.23
Jason Grilli (W,5-2) 3322120 5.44
Tim Byrdak (S,1) 2000020 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 94-55, Jason Grilli 58-33, Tim Byrdak 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-3, Jason Grilli 4-3, Tim Byrdak 1-3
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 22, Jason Grilli 13, Tim Byrdak 6
Chicago White Sox
Andy Gonzalez, CF3211210 .228
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4012101 .250
Jim Thome, DH4100132 .283
Paul Konerko, 1B5220011 .263
Jermaine Dye, RF5113002 .229
Josh Fields, 3B4122010 .253
Scott Podsednik, LF4010001 .256
Juan Uribe, SS4111001 .218
Toby Hall, C3110000 .213
   a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C1000000 .264
a-popped out for Hall in the 8th
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (17, Grilli)
HR - Andy Gonzalez (2, Rogers), Jermaine Dye (17, Rogers), Josh Fields (8, Rogers), Juan Uribe (9, Rogers)
RBI - Andy Gonzalez (10), Tadahito Iguchi 2 (31), Jermaine Dye 3 (50), Josh Fields 2 (28), Juan Uribe (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye 3 (23), Josh Fields 2 (6)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (10)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,5-13) 4.21299332 6.22
Boone Logan 1.1311010 5.59
Ryan Bukvich 2000010 3.38
Charlie Haeger 1433000 5.40
HBP - Inge (by Jose Contreras)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 95-55, Boone Logan 26-18, Ryan Bukvich 25-17, Charlie Haeger 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 7-2, Boone Logan 1-2, Ryan Bukvich 2-3, Charlie Haeger 3-0
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 28, Boone Logan 7, Ryan Bukvich 6, Charlie Haeger 7
Game Information
Attendance - 28462
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Tim Timmons