Chicago at Detroit

W: B. Lyon (4-4) L: S. Linebrink (2-5)
S: F. Rodney (21)
HR: CHW - J. Thome (17), J. Dye (22)   DET - C. Guillen (1)

Tigers sweep White Sox in day-night doubleheader wire reports

DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox were far from perfect without Mark Buehrle on the mound.

Clete Thomas drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to force home the tiebreaking run, and the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 4-3 on Friday night for a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.

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."

Scott Linebrink (2-5) loaded the bases in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Placido Polanco singled and Magglio Ordonez doubled with one out before Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked.

Matt Thornton struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn, then walked Thomas on a 3-2 pitch.

"We got a run when we really needed it," Brandon Inge said. "A couple of great at-bats against Thornton."

Brandon Lyon (4-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win and Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances.

Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye hit home runs for the White Sox.

"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.
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Just activated from the DL, Carlos Guillen rounds the bases for his first homer of the season. (AP)
Just activated from the DL, Carlos Guillen rounds the bases for his first homer of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Dye
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

C. Guillen
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4110013 .304
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010000 .279
Jermaine Dye, RF4112011 .290
Jim Thome, DH3111120 .253
Paul Konerko, 1B3000111 .289
Chris Getz, 2B4020011 .266
Gordon Beckham, 3B3010101 .286
Dewayne Wise, CF2000011 .192
Ramon Castro, C3010022 .228
HR - Jermaine Dye (22, Bonine), Jim Thome (17, Bonine)
SH - Dewayne Wise (4)
RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (62), Jim Thome (58)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (17)
CS - Scott Podsednik (8, 2nd base by Bonine/Ryan), Gordon Beckham (4, 2nd base by Bonine/Ryan)
Team LOB - 4
DP - A. Ramirez-Getz-Konerko, Getz-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Bartolo Colon 7633121 4.19
Scott Linebrink (L,2-5) 0.1211110 2.62
Matt Thornton 0.1000110 2.85
Tony Pena 0.1000000 5.17
IBB - Cabrera by Scott Linebrink
HBP - Polanco (by Bartolo Colon), Santiago (by Bartolo Colon)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 85-57, Scott Linebrink 17-9, Matt Thornton 13-7, Tony Pena 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 8-8
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 27, Scott Linebrink 4, Matt Thornton 2, Tony Pena 1
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000110 .255
Placido Polanco, 2B3111000 .269
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010002 .257
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3010100 .326
Carlos Guillen, DH3121011 .216
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH-DH1000013 .248
Marcus Thames, LF3110001 .267
    Clete Thomas, LF0001100 .255
Brandon Inge, 3B4110003 .258
Ramon Santiago, SS2000002 .250
Dusty Ryan, C3011011 .158
a-struck out for Guillen in the 8th
2B - Magglio Ordonez (12, Linebrink), Miguel Cabrera (21, Colon)
HR - Carlos Guillen (1, Colon)
RBI - Placido Polanco (46), Carlos Guillen (7), Clete Thomas (26), Dusty Ryan (2)
2-OUT RBI - Clete Thomas (16)
PK - Placido Polanco (1, Colon)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Inge-Polanco-Cabrera, Inge-Polanco-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Eddie Bonine 6733242 7.07
Bobby Seay 1100120 3.06
Brandon Lyon (W,4-4) 1000010 3.50
Fernando Rodney (S,21) 1000020 3.73
Pitches-Strikes - Eddie Bonine 81-53, Bobby Seay 18-11, Brandon Lyon 11-8, Fernando Rodney 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eddie Bonine 7-3, Bobby Seay 1-0, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Eddie Bonine 23, Bobby Seay 5, Brandon Lyon 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39375
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner