Carlos Guillen, just activated from the disabled list, homered to help Detroit increase its AL Central lead to two games over the White Sox. One day after Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, Chicago lost not once, but twice.
• Game 1: Tigers 5, White Sox 1
"Buehrle really doesn't mean anything if he's not pitching the next day," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "Momentum matters the least in our sport."
The Tigers had dropped five of six, allowing Chicago to tie them atop the division. But Detroit recovered nicely behind Guillen and Justin Verlander, who threw a six-hitter for a 5-1 victory in the opener.
"Every game is big for us right now," said Guillen, who played both games and finished 3 for 7. "We've got to play hard every day, not just against the White Sox. We have to stay focused and be consistent."
"We got a run when we really needed it," Brandon Inge said. "A couple of great at-bats against Thornton."
"We missed opportunities, once again, in the second game," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We got chances to score and we didn't."
Thome gave Chicago a 1-0 lead when he hit his 17th homer leading off the second. Thome drove Eddie Bonine's first pitch deep into the left-center stands, an estimated 428 feet.
Guillen tied it with his one-out shot in the second. He sent Bartolo Colon's 3-1 delivery deep into the right-field seats for his first home run of the season.
Dye put the White Sox ahead 3-1 with a two out, two-run homer in the third. It came on a 3-2 pitch for his 22nd home run.
Detroit tied it at 3 with two in the fifth. Dusty Ryan singled home a run and the other one scored on Polanco's fielder's choice grounder.
Bonine allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo between games to make the start.
After the nightcap, Bonine was optioned back to Toledo and the Tigers recalled right-hander Casey Fien from the Mud Hens.
Colon gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.
- The White Sox said reports that the ball from the last out of Buehrle's perfect game was lost were incorrect. A club spokesman said the team has the ball. Chicago's Josh Fields gave the ball to a Major League Baseball authenticator after the game on Thursday. The authenticator subsequently gave it to a White Sox official.
- Carlos Guillen was activated before the first game. He had spent most of the season on the DL with a sore shoulder.