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Dye goes yard to help White Sox rally past Tigers in ninth

CBSSports.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Jermaine Dye downplayed the importance of the Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers series before it started, saying it was too early.

Dye changed his tune a bit after hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Chicago to a 6-5 win over Detroit on Friday night.

"A big game for them getting back into the race and we stole one," Dye said.

The White Sox have won three straight and 16 of 24. They lead the Minnesota Twins by 3 ½ games and Detroit by 6 ½ in the AL Central with two-plus months left in the season.

Chicago leads the season series against Detroit 6-4 with eight games left.

The White Sox entered 0-38 when trailing after eight innings but rallied in the ninth after Carlos Guillen put Detroit ahead with a tiebreaking homer in the seventh.

D.J. Carrasco (1-0) picked up the win by getting two outs in the eighth and Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Todd Jones (4-1) was an out away from ending the game before blowing his third save in 22 chances and hearing boos as he walked to the dugout. Carlos Quentin hit a two-out, two-strike single and Dye sent a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats to turn cheers into jeers.

Detroit has been the hottest team in baseball since early June -- after starting 0-7 and sinking to 24-36 -- and had a chance to make its deficit in the division the smallest it's been since mid-May.

"We're in a little bit of a pickle because of the way we started the season," Jones said. "We win and lose as a team, but tonight, I cost us the game."

The White Sox tied it with three runs in the seventh, but Guillen put Detroit back ahead in the home half with a towering home run off reliever Nick Masset that sailed an estimated 399 feet.

Detroit starter Nate Robertson gave up three runs, five hits and a season-high five walks over six-plus innings and 44,393 fans gave him a standing ovation.

"This was as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can get," Robertson said.

Joel Zumaya replaced Robertson with two on and none out in the seventh and his first pitch was hit by Orlando Cabrera for an RBI single and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a sacrifice fly, cutting Detroit's lead to a run.

Then after getting Dye to pop out, Zumaya's pitch got away from Ivan Rodriguez and he threw wildly to third to let Cabrera score a tying run.

"Gold Glove catcher, you never thought would've made a play at third like that," Dye said.

Gavin Floyd gave up four runs, three earned, and a season-high nine hits in six innings for Chicago.

"The only good thing we can say about this game was we won," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Curtis Granderson scored Detroit's first run -- thanks to Guillen's slide at second that took out shortstop Cabrera's legs to break up a likely double play -- and had a tiebreaking run in a three-run third.

Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each had an RBI and combined for five hits for the Tigers.

Robertson got off to a fantastic start, retiring the side in order with just 11 pitches over the first two innings.

He got into and out of a jam in the third, walking the leadoff batter and giving up a pair of one-out hits, including Orlando Cabrera's RBI single. But he stranded two with a groundout and strikeout.

Ordonez hit a go-ahead single in the home half and Miguel Cabrera followed with an RBI double.

Robertson got in and out of trouble again in the fifth, giving up consecutive walks with two outs to load the bases before getting Quentin to pop up. But manager Jim Leyland didn't give him another chance to escape a jam in the seventh with two runners on, both of whom scored with Zumaya on the mound.

"Nate was tremendous," Leyland said. "I wasn't going to let him go through he top of the order again."


  • The White Sox put All-Star 3B Joe Crede (back) on the DL and replaced him with Josh Fields. They also released RHP Esteban Loaiza.
  • Detroit's Dontrelle Willis is expected to pitch for Single-A Lakeland on Saturday.
  • Floyd is 0-2 in his last three starts after going 6-1 in his previous eight outings.
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Jermaine Dye blasts his 22nd home run to provide the two runs that make the difference. (AP)
Jermaine Dye blasts his 22nd home run to provide the two runs that make the difference. (AP)

Players of the Game

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

M. Ordonez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4122100 .268
A.J. Pierzynski, C3001110 .287
Carlos Quentin, LF4110115 .279
Jermaine Dye, RF5112002 .310
Jim Thome, DH2000300 .256
Paul Konerko, 1B4000024 .215
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .230
Nick Swisher, CF-1B3100111 .233
Josh Fields, 3B3110111 .333
    Juan Uribe, 3B0000000 .229
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4130001 .314
2B - Alexei Ramirez 2 (15, Robertson, Robertson)
HR - Jermaine Dye (22, T. Jones)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (3)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (44), A.J. Pierzynski (37), Jermaine Dye 2 (61)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (20)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cabrera-Ramirez-Konerko, Pierzynski-Cabrera-Fields, Ramirez-Cabrera-Konerko
E - Orlando Cabrera (8, Throwing), Josh Fields (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd 6943340 3.57
Nick Masset 1211001 4.33
Boone Logan 0.1000010 4.21
D.J. Carrasco (W,1-0) 0.2000010 1.64
Bobby Jenks (S,20) 1000000 1.78
WP - Gavin Floyd (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 109-67, Nick Masset 11-5, Boone Logan 6-4, D.J. Carrasco 8-6, Bobby Jenks 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 8-4, Nick Masset 2-0, D.J. Carrasco 1-0, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 28, Nick Masset 4, Boone Logan 1, D.J. Carrasco 2, Bobby Jenks 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4210101 .294
Placido Polanco, 2B5110010 .311
Carlos Guillen, 3B3111102 .288
Magglio Ordonez, RF4131000 .319
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4021012 .292
Matt Joyce, LF3000122 .277
Gary Sheffield, DH4011010 .221
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010001 .288
Edgar Renteria, SS4010011 .257
2B - Magglio Ordonez (21, Floyd), Miguel Cabrera (24, Floyd), Edgar Renteria (7, Floyd)
HR - Carlos Guillen (9, Masset)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (50), Magglio Ordonez (58), Miguel Cabrera (72), Gary Sheffield (25)
CS - Magglio Ordonez (4, Home by Floyd/Pierzynski), Gary Sheffield (1, 2nd base by Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Robertson-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Renteria-Cabrera
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (4)
E - Ivan Rodriguez (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 6533550 5.63
Joel Zumaya 1110210 1.65
Fernando Rodney (H,5) 1000100 5.14
Todd Jones (BS,3; L,4-1) 1222001 4.99
IBB - Thome by Joel Zumaya
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 86-52, Joel Zumaya 21-9, Fernando Rodney 12-6, Todd Jones 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 5-7, Fernando Rodney 2-0, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 27, Joel Zumaya 6, Fernando Rodney 3, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44393
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Todd Tichenor