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|Detroit (51-44) «||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||4||12||0|
That was certainly true of Carlos Guillen's winning single -- a slow bouncer up the middle that just eluded White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Clete Thomas scored from second, easily beating Dewayne Wise's throw to the plate.
"When I hit it, I knew it was going to get over the mound, and I thought it had a good chance of getting through," Guillen said. "That's a fun way to win."
Guillen was playing his third game since coming off the disabled list before Friday's doubleheader. He had been out since early May with shoulder problems.
"I'm excited to be back, and I'm happy that I'm helping us win," said Guillen, who had two hits and two RBI.
Detroit trailed 3-2 going into the ninth, and Jenks struck out Ryan Raburn to start the inning. Brandon Inge and pinch-hitter Marcus Thames singled, putting runners on the corners, but Ramon Santiago popped out.
"Bobby was pitching good, but they hit a couple bloopers and then a ground ball in the right place at the right time," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Not much you can do about that."
Jenks has a 9.45 ERA in his last six outings, and has now blown back-to-back save opportunities.
"I'm not even mad about this one," he said. "The way things had gone in the last week, we had worked on stuff mechanically, and we got the little kinks worked out. Tonight, everything was sharp, but I got beat on bloopers and a ball that was fair for maybe 2 seconds."
"You really couldn't see because of the shadows, so we were just doing the best we could," Thomas said. "I don't know how Curtis even saw the pitch he hit, much less did anything with it."
Guillen fouled off a 2-2 pitch before hitting his chopper up the middle to give the Tigers three wins over Chicago in two days.
"We had a great, sold-out crowd today, and we sent them home happy," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "If we pitch well tomorrow, we'll get momentum from this. If we don't, we won't."
Ozzie Guillen jokingly blamed the sudden losing streak on Mark Buehrle's perfect game Thursday.
"When he pitched his last no-hitter in 2007, we lost five in a row, and now we've lost three," he said. "Mark Buerhle, this is all your fault."
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Cabrera's RBI single and a run-scoring groundout by Guillen, but didn't get another runner in scoring position until Gerald Laird's seventh-inning double.
A.J. Pierzynski's second-inning homer brought Chicago within 2-1, and they took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.
|While the Tigers laugh it up, Chris Getz and the White Sox leave to refuel for Sunday's game. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, CF-LF||5||0||3||1||0||1||2||.310|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.276|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.287|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.253|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.286|
|Josh Fields, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||1||4||1||0||0||1||.309|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.230|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.192|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Gordon Beckham, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.287|
|2B - Gordon Beckham (12, Jackson)|
|HR - A.J. Pierzynski (11, Jackson)|
|RBI - Scott Podsednik (27), A.J. Pierzynski (29), Gordon Beckham (25)|
|SB - Chris Getz (14, 2nd base off Jackson/Laird)|
|CS - Scott Podsednik (9, 2nd base by Perry/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Getz-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Getz-Konerko|
|E - Paul Konerko (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Thornton (H,16)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.83|
|Octavio Dotel (H,11)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.11|
|Bobby Jenks (BS,4)||1.1||3||1||1||0||2||0||4.33|
|D.J. Carrasco (L,3-1)||0||3||1||1||0||0||0||3.64|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 112-71, Matt Thornton 6-4, Octavio Dotel 19-12, Bobby Jenks 23-17, D.J. Carrasco 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 9-2, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Bobby Jenks 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Matt Thornton 1, Octavio Dotel 3, Bobby Jenks 7, D.J. Carrasco 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||1||1||1||2||0||2||.255|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||5||1||0||0||0||1||3||.265|
|Clete Thomas, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||0||2||1||1||1||1||.328|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||5||0||2||2||0||2||1||.225|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.248|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.258|
|Adam Everett, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.238|
|a- Marcus Thames, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Dusty Ryan, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158|
|Ramon Santiago, SS-3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.250|
|a-singled for Laird in the 9th|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (11, Jenks), Gerald Laird (14, Floyd)|
|SH - Clete Thomas (1)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (46), Miguel Cabrera (53), Carlos Guillen 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (21)|
|CS - Ryan Raburn (3, 2nd base by Floyd/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Inge-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Santiago-Cabrera, Everett-Cabrera|
|Fernando Rodney (W,1-2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.64|
|IBB - Thome by Edwin Jackson|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 112-66, Fu-Te Ni 4-4, Ryan Perry 20-11, Fernando Rodney 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 8-9, Ryan Perry 2-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 32, Fu-Te Ni 1, Ryan Perry 6, Fernando Rodney 3|
|Attendance - 41378|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Brian Gorman|