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ChiSox's Contreras baffles Tigers in return to majors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Jose Contreras, the ace during the Chicago White Sox's run to the World Series title four years ago, went to the minors and made the most of his time.

And when he returned to majors Monday night, the 37-year-old right-hander was ready.

Contreras allowed only one hit in eight strong innings, getting his first win in nearly a year, as Chicago beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 to earn a doubleheader split.

Detroit won the opener 5-4 with Brandon Inge singling in the go-ahead run in the ninth.

When Contreras started 0-5 this year after a quick recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture last August, he knew he needed to work on his game.

"I needed to work on my pitches. I needed to work on my location and the only place to do it was Triple-A. I decided to go down to Triple-A and work on stuff," Contreras said.

"Obviously I came back and used it today and it paid off with a great outing."

Contreras (1-5), officially recalled from Triple-A between games, went to Charlotte on May 10 and made five starts.

"We needed a good outing," manager Ozzie Guillen said, adding that Contreras had earned a spot back in the rotation, if the White Sox can find a way to make it work.

The 37-year-old Contreras allowed a two-out double to Clete Thomas in the first and had two stretches of 11 consecutive batters retired in earning his first win since June 27, 2008. He walked one and struck out three.

"Getting a win after having five losses, I feel like I contributed, like I am giving something back to the team," Contreras said.

"We saw what he's capable of and he pitched an excellent game tonight," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

"We didn't do anything to challenge him at all. We had terrible at-bats all night long. Terrible. Sickening at-bats if you want to know the truth."

Chicago's Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome homered off Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman (0-1), who was making his first major league appearance since June 1, 2008 and was activated from the disabled list between games. Bonderman had surgery June 30 last year to correct a condition that caused a blood clot in his pitching arm.

He lasted four-innings plus, gave up eight hits and was charged with six runs.

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"I don't know if I felt rusty," Bonderman said. "I just didn't execute. There's really no excuse other than that I just didn't pitch well and didn't give us a chance to win at all."

Ramirez homered in the first, Podsednik hit his first of the season in the second and Thome drove out the 551st of his career, a two-run shot in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Marcus Thames homered off reliever Matt Thornton in the ninth for Detroit's lone run.

In the opener, Inge singled home the go-ahead run shortly after an error on Chicago third baseman Josh Fields in a loss that had Guillen fuming.

"If this was the 1980s, [none] of these guys would be in the big leagues right now, because if you hit .210-.230 and you can't execute, I don't think you should be out here," Guillen said.

"When you can't bunt, hit-and-run, squeeze and move the guy over, you better hit 40 home runs and drive in 140."

Notes

  • Podsednik hit his first homer since May 31, 2008, while with the Rockies.
  • Guillen confirmed a Chicago Tribune report that the White Sox had agreed to a deal with former starter Freddy Garcia. He was the winning pitcher in the clinching Game 4 of the 2005 World Series.
 
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Jose Contreras' eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball are worth a congratulatory hug from Jim Thome.  (AP)
Jose Contreras' eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball are worth a congratulatory hug from Jim Thome. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Contreras
IP 8.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Josh Anderson, LF3000000 .261
   a- Marcus Thames, PH1111000 .296
Placido Polanco, 2B4000000 .248
Clete Thomas, RF4010010 .248
Miguel Cabrera, DH3000001 .340
Curtis Granderson, CF3000000 .259
Brandon Inge, 3B2000110 .279
Ryan Raburn, 1B3000001 .237
Gerald Laird, C3000001 .229
Ramon Santiago, SS3000010 .286
Totals2912113  
a-homered for Anderson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Clete Thomas (6, Contreras)
HR - Marcus Thames (1, Thornton)
RBI - Marcus Thames (3)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Clete Thomas 1
DP - Polanco-Santiago-Raburn
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,0-1) 4866313 13.50
Zach Miner 2100010 5.00
Nate Robertson 1100020 4.86
Brandon Lyon 1000000 5.47
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 85-52, Zach Miner 21-13, Nate Robertson 24-15, Brandon Lyon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 5-5, Brandon Lyon 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 22, Zach Miner 6, Nate Robertson 4, Brandon Lyon 3
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4111011 .304
Alexei Ramirez, SS4231000 .261
Jermaine Dye, RF4230011 .288
    Dewayne Wise, RF0000000 .150
Jim Thome, DH3123111 .252
Paul Konerko, 1B4011002 .296
Gordon Beckham, 3B3000101 .000
Chris Getz, 2B4000004 .242
Brian Anderson, CF4000000 .234
Ramon Castro, C2000110 .230
Totals32610634  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (6, Bonderman)
HR - Scott Podsednik (1, Bonderman), Alexei Ramirez (5, Bonderman), Jim Thome (10, Bonderman)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (10), Alexei Ramirez (27), Jim Thome 3 (35), Paul Konerko (37)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (5)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (W,1-5) 8100130 6.45
Matt Thornton 1111001 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 115-69, Matt Thornton 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 11-10
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 26, Matt Thornton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30809
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce