Chicago at Detroit

W: N. Robertson (4-6) L: J. Contreras (6-4)
S: T. Jones (11)
HR: CHW - J. Thome (13)   DET - None

White Sox see seven-game win streak ended by Tigers wire reports

DETROIT -- Nate Robertson was satisfied with his solid performance against the Chicago White Sox.

Robertson allowed three runs in six-plus innings, and Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning helped the Detroit Tigers snap the White Sox's seven-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory Tuesday.

"It always comes down to one at-bat in my outings," Robertson said. "Tonight, in critical situations, I got a couple of outs."

Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski said the key to Robertson's success was simple.

"He made his pitches, got us behind in the counts and made us swing," Pierzynski said.

Robertson (4-6) scattered eight hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win. Todd Jones pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in as many chances.

Trailing 2-1, the Tigers scored three times in the fifth off Jose Contreras (6-4) to take a lead they wouldn't give up. Brent Clevlen, Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco hit consecutive singles to lead off the inning, and Clevlen scored on center fielder Nick Swisher's error.

Two outs later, Cabrera singled to center to drive in Granderson and Polanco. Cabrera was batting only .226 (12-for-53) in the previous 14 games.

"He's a very important part of this team," Polanco said of Cabrera. "To see him swinging the bat the way he is is a good sign."

Clevlen's RBI single in sixth made it 5-2, and Magglio Ordonez added a run-scoring infield single in the seventh.

Robertson was replaced by Freddy Dolsi with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. A run scored on Alexei Ramirez's run-scoring grounder and Orlando Cabrera flied out to end the inning.

"We were just one hit away from winning this game," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Dolsi balked in a run, but Clevlen threw out Carlos Quentin at the plate from left field on Jim Thome's single in the eighth.

"If I came up and fielded it cleanly and made a good throw, I felt I had a chance to get him at the plate," Clevlen said.

Robertson said word will get around about Clevlen's arm.

"I think the scouting reports will improve on him, sending guys home," Robertson said. "Clevlen has got a great arm and he's very accurate with it."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland called it "a game-saving play."

Thome gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with his 13th homer in the second inning.

Pierzynski's two-out RBI single in the third made it 2-0.

Jeff Larish's run-scoring single in the fourth put Detroit on the scoreboard, making it 2-1.

Contreras gave up six runs and 13 hits in six-plus innings, walking one and striking out one.


  • The Tigers sent struggling Dontrelle Willis down to Single A on Tuesday, hoping the former star lefty can find his control. Detroit optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland. Willis (0-1) has walked 21 batters in 11 1/3 innings.
  • The White Sox aren't accustomed to losing at Comerica Park. They are 47-29 there and 22-10 since 2005.
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Jeff Larish connects for a single in the fourth inning to drive in the first run for the Tigers. (AP)
Jeff Larish connects for a single in the fourth inning to drive in the first run for the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

J. Thome
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5010005 .262
A.J. Pierzynski, C3121010 .302
Carlos Quentin, LF4020000 .281
Paul Konerko, 1B4010012 .217
Jim Thome, DH4231011 .222
Jermaine Dye, RF4000003 .294
Nick Swisher, CF3010120 .229
Joe Crede, 3B3000101 .286
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3121100 .300
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (17, Dolsi), Carlos Quentin (11, Robertson), Nick Swisher (9, Robertson)
HR - Jim Thome (13, Robertson)
SH - A.J. Pierzynski (1)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (24), Jim Thome (33), Alexei Ramirez (17)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (7)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (3, 2nd base off Robertson/Rodriguez)
CS - Orlando Cabrera (2, 3rd base by Robertson/Rodriguez), Alexei Ramirez (2, 2nd base by Robertson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
E - Nick Swisher (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,6-4) 61366110 3.18
Octavio Dotel 1.2100040 2.70
Boone Logan 0.1000000 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 98-67, Octavio Dotel 17-14, Boone Logan 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 8-8
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 31, Octavio Dotel 5, Boone Logan 1
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5110001 .235
Placido Polanco, 2B4230000 .297
Carlos Guillen, 3B-1B3010001 .300
Magglio Ordonez, RF4011002 .314
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4132011 .278
    Brandon Inge, 3B0000000 .223
Jeff Larish, DH3011112 .160
Edgar Renteria, SS4000023 .262
Ivan Rodriguez, C4120003 .250
Brent Clevlen, LF4121011 .250
2B - Miguel Cabrera (15, Contreras), Ivan Rodriguez (14, Contreras)
SH - Carlos Guillen (2)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (39), Miguel Cabrera 2 (38), Jeff Larish (4), Brent Clevlen (1)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (12)
SB - Ivan Rodriguez (4, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski)
CS - Carlos Guillen (2, 3rd base by Dotel/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Brent Clevlen 1, Magglio Ordonez 1
DP - Renteria-Polanco-Guillen
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,4-6) 6.1833241 5.88
Freddy Dolsi (H,3) 1.2311010 2.51
Todd Jones (S,11) 1100100 4.24
WP - Freddy Dolsi (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 87-53, Freddy Dolsi 21-14, Todd Jones 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 6-6, Freddy Dolsi 1-2, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 26, Freddy Dolsi 7, Todd Jones 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38295
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Chris Tiller