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Tigers continue to scuffle, lose to woeful White Sox once again

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DETROIT -- A visit to Comerica Park was just what Jon Garland needed on Tuesday night.

Josh Fields and Alex Cintron homered, Garland scattered seven hits over seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1.

Garland (9-10) ran his career record to 13-6 against the Tigers, who fell a season-high seven games back of Cleveland in the AL Central. Detroit also is 3½ games back in the wild-card race after New York beat Seattle.

Garland improved to 9-1 at Comerica Park, allowing a run and striking out four without a walk for his first win since July 27.

"I don't know if I'm comfortable here or it's just a mental thing," said Garland. "But I sure do well here."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hasn't seen the Garland he saw Tuesday night in a while.

"That's the Jon Garland who won 18 games (in 2005, and 2006), you got it tonight," he said "Pitching to early contact, was aggressive to the plate. That's the way he's been pitching for me for a long time."

Ehren Wasserman and Matt Thornton combined to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances.

It didn't come without a little bit of drama.

After retiring 53 of his previous 55 batters, Jenks gave up a two-out walk to Brandon Inge and a single to pinch hitter Sean Casey before striking out Curtis Granderson with runners on the corners to end it.

"We did nothing offensively," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland.

The last-place White Sox improved to 9-4 against Detroit this season.

"We just play good against them," Ozzie Guillen said.

With two out in the third, Fields lined Jeremy Bonderman's first pitch over the left-center field fence, his 18th homer of the year, to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Paul Konerko singled in the sixth before Cintron's homer chased Bonderman and made it 3-0. Cintron's first home run of the season came on a 3-1 pitch, which he lined just over the right-field fence.

"He made a couple of mistakes, I put a good swing on it," Cintron said.

Zach Miner replaced Bonderman (11-8), who allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

"I threw the ball well tonight," Bonderman said. "I only had two bad pitches. I was able to pound the zone and not fall behind the hitters."

Miner threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Tigers close.

Detroit broke up Garland's shutout in the sixth on Carlos Guillen's run-scoring single, which put runners on first and third with one out. But Garland got Ivan Rodriguez to foul out and fanned Marcus Thames to end the inning.

Garland had already worked out of two early inning jams.

Singles by Rodriguez and Inge gave the Tigers runners on first and second with two out in the second, but Ramon Santiago grounded out to end the inning. Guillen doubled with one out in the fourth, but Garland retired Rodriguez and Thames on groundouts.

"We had our chances," said Leyland. "We had one hit here and one hit there, but couldn't put anything together. We just didn't get enough big hits."

Notes

  • Detroit DH Gary Sheffield, on the 15-day disabled list because of a troublesome right shoulder that has bothered him since late July, said he should be ready to play when he is scheduled to come off the DL on Thursday.
  • White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski was in Orlando, Fla., attending a family funeral.
  • Chicago purchased the contract of RHP Lance Broadway from Triple-A Charlotte, and recalled LHP Heath Phillips from the same team.
  • The Tigers' Magglio Ordonez was the AL Player of the Month for August. He hit .393 (46-for-117) with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 29 games.
  • Chicago right fielder Jermaine Dye left the game after the fourth because of a left groin injury and is day-to-day.
 
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Jeremy Bonderman and the Tigers have lost nine of 13 to the last-place White Sox this season.  (AP)
Jeremy Bonderman and the Tigers have lost nine of 13 to the last-place White Sox this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Cintron
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4000011 .247
Josh Fields, LF4121000 .241
    Luis Terrero, RF0000000 .224
Jim Thome, DH4000011 .265
Paul Konerko, 1B3110100 .263
Jermaine Dye, RF2010010 .247
    Darin Erstad, RF-LF2000011 .264
Alex Cintron, 3B4122011 .224
Juan Uribe, SS2010100 .221
Danny Richar, 2B4000004 .196
Toby Hall, C4010001 .211
Totals3338325  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (28, Bonderman)
HR - Josh Fields (18, Bonderman), Alex Cintron (1, Bonderman)
RBI - Josh Fields (54), Alex Cintron 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Fields (14)
CS - Paul Konerko (1, 2nd base by Bonderman/Rodriguez), Juan Uribe (7, 3rd base by Miner/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,9-10) 7711040 4.75
Ehren Wassermann (H,5) 0.2100000 2.89
Matt Thornton (H,17) 0.1000000 5.17
Bobby Jenks (S,37) 1100110 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 105-64, Ehren Wassermann 7-5, Matt Thornton 3-2, Bobby Jenks 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 9-8, Ehren Wassermann 2-0, Bobby Jenks 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 28, Ehren Wassermann 3, Matt Thornton 1, Bobby Jenks 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5010032 .299
Placido Polanco, 2B4000001 .341
Omar Infante, DH3110001 .277
   a- Timo Perez, PH-DH1010000 .385
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010002 .354
Carlos Guillen, 1B4021011 .303
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010003 .274
Marcus Thames, LF4000014 .247
Brandon Inge, 3B3010100 .235
Ramon Santiago, SS3000002 .321
   b- Sean Casey, PH1010000 .284
    Cameron Maybin, PR0000000 .158
Totals3619115  
a-singled for Infante in the 8th
b-singled for Santiago in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (28, Garland)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (92)
SB - Cameron Maybin (3, 2nd base off Jenks/Hall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Polanco, Polanco-Santiago-Guillen
E - Marcus Thames (3, Dropped fly)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,11-8) 5.1733232 4.73
Zach Miner 3.2100020 2.96
HBP - Uribe (by Jeremy Bonderman)
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 100-61, Zach Miner 44-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 8-3, Zach Miner 4-5
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 24, Zach Miner 12
Game Information
Attendance - 32505
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale