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|Chi. White Sox (63-50)||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||3||10||0|
CHICAGO -- Manager Jim Leyland was realistic before the game even started, describing Detroit's chances for making a late run in the AL Central.
"Eventually time runs out if you don't start winning games," he said. "Do we have time? Yes."
On Thursday night the Tigers showed how they'll have to play to get back in the race. They got a homer and three RBI from Miguel Cabrera and a nice defensive play from Ryan Raburn to beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3 and end a six-game losing streak.
"We haven't played very good," Cabrera said. "We have to finish strong. Hopefully we can play better."
Zach Miner (6-4) allowed seven hits and two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. Fernando Rodney got the final four outs to get his second save in six chances and just the 23rd in 43 opportunities for Detroit's struggling bullpen.
Curtis Granderson also homered for Detroit. And Magglio Ordonez had a two-run triple and Matt Joyce a run-scoring double in the ninth to put it away. Detroit is 7 ½ games behind the White Sox in the AL Central, and second-place Minnesota trails first-place Chicago by a half game.
But Chicago's rally fizzled when Jim Thome, who'd walked, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Paul Konerko's double to left. Raburn, who initially had the ball bound away from him, threw to shortstop Ramon Santiago, who made a perfect peg to catcher Brandon Inge to easily get Thome for the second out.
"With the ball rattling around in the corner ... I don't know of any third base coach who would have held him up there," Konerko said, defending the decision of coach Jeff Cox.
"You have to make the decision right away. Sometimes you make the right one, sometimes you make the wrong one," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "I never will criticize my coaching staff."
After Seay hit Ken Griffey Jr. with a pitch, Rodney relieved. Raburn, who entered the game in the seventh as a defensive replacement, saved the Tigers with a nice diving catch on Alexei Ramirez's liner with runners at second and third.
"Midway in the air I figured I had a chance," Raburn said. "You see what happens and then you just go hard. It was a great feeling not starting the game and coming in for defensive purposes and making a great play."
Cabrera, who was 3-for-3 with two walks, lined a two-out, two-run homer -- his 21st of the season -- in the third to score Carlos Guillen, who'd doubled over Griffey's head in right.
Placido Polanco doubled past third in the fifth before Guillen hit a shot down the first base line for a triple that made it 3-0. Cabrera then delivered a two-out RBI single off Javier Vazquez (8-10) and it was 4-0.
Granderson led off the seventh with his 14th homer to put Detroit ahead 5-2.
Chicago's Nick Swisher and Juan Uribe opened the bottom half of the fifth with back-to-back ground-rule doubles to make it 4-1, but Miner retired the next three batters. Santiago's wild throw to first on Ramirez's infield single allowed Konerko to score Chicago's second run in the sixth.
The White Sox loaded the bases in the fourth when Quentin was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season and Thome and Konerko singled. But Miner struck out Griffey and Ramirez.
"I was really impressed with him tonight because this place plays small and they have a lot of power," Leyland said of Miner.
Vazquez, who threw a season-high 122 pitches, gave up eight hits and five runs in seven innings. A 15-game winner a year ago, he is 1-5 in his last eight starts.
"Javy was the No. 2 guy for us the way he pitched last year and the expectations are going to get higher and higher from now on for everyone," Ozzie Guillen said. "And I expect for Javy to throw better games."
|Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who played five seasons in Chicago, throws out the first pitch. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||2||2||1||0||2||3||.302|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Carlos Guillen, 3B||2||3||2||1||3||0||0||.286|
|Magglio Ordonez, DH||5||1||1||2||0||0||3||.318|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||1||3||3||2||0||0||.298|
|Matt Joyce, RF||5||0||1||1||0||2||4||.272|
|Marcus Thames, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Brandon Inge, C||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.216|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||.328|
|2B - Placido Polanco (27, Vazquez), Carlos Guillen (26, Vazquez), Matt Joyce (11, Wassermann)|
|3B - Carlos Guillen (2, Vazquez), Magglio Ordonez (1, Wassermann)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (14, Vazquez), Miguel Cabrera (21, Vazquez)|
|SH - Placido Polanco (3)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (41), Carlos Guillen (53), Magglio Ordonez 2 (67), Miguel Cabrera 3 (85), Matt Joyce (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (28)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Ryan Raburn 1|
|DP - Santiago-Cabrera|
|E - Ramon Santiago (3, Throwing)|
|Zach Miner (W,6-4)||6||7||2||1||0||3||0||3.57|
|Joel Zumaya (H,5)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.82|
|Bobby Seay (H,7)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0||1||2.54|
|Fernando Rodney (S,2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||5.16|
|HBP - Quentin (by Zach Miner), Griffey (by Bobby Seay)|
|WP - Zach Miner (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 101-61, Joel Zumaya 11-5, Bobby Seay 14-7, Fernando Rodney 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 4-10, Joel Zumaya 2-0, Bobby Seay 1-0, Fernando Rodney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach Miner 25, Joel Zumaya 3, Bobby Seay 5, Fernando Rodney 5|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.265|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.287|
|Jim Thome, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.258|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.245|
|Brian Anderson, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||5||.310|
|Nick Swisher, CF-RF||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.233|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.222|
|a- Dewayne Wise, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.300|
|a-struck out for Uribe in the 9th|
|2B - Paul Konerko (12, Seay), Nick Swisher 2 (17, Miner, Rodney), Juan Uribe (13, Miner)|
|HR - Carlos Quentin (30, Seay)|
|RBI - Carlos Quentin (87), Juan Uribe (20)|
|SB - Brian Anderson (3, 2nd base off Rodney/Inge)|
|CS - Alexei Ramirez (6, 2nd base by Miner/Inge)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Javier Vazquez (L,8-10)||7||8||5||5||4||8||2||4.74|
|IBB - Cabrera by Javier Vazquez, Guillen by Adam Russell|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 122-82, Adam Russell 21-11, Ehren Wassermann 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-6, Adam Russell 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 33, Adam Russell 6, Ehren Wassermann 5|
|Attendance - 36383|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion|