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Cabrera knocks in four, helps Tigers rally past ChiSox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- No matter how much they win, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers can't seem to shake Minnesota in the AL Central.

Cabrera got four hits and drove in four runs, giving him at least 100 RBI for the sixth consecutive season, and Detroit rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 12-5 on Saturday night.

 Playoff Race

Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Gerald Laird each had three of Detroit's 20 hits, including singles in the decisive seventh inning, to help the Tigers win for the fifth time in six games.

The first-place Tigers, two games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central, host the Twins in a four-game series beginning Monday. Minnesota won 11-6 at Kansas City on Saturday night.

"They're just not losing," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "They're putting good pressure on us. If you handle it right, it's good pressure. If you handle it wrong, it's bad pressure. I thought we responded tremendously. It was a hell of a comeback."

Cabrera responded with his bat - as he's done ever since he reached the majors at age 20 with Florida.

"[Getting 100 RBI] is something you have in your mind before the season," he said. "I hit it today, but the more important thing is we came back. That's very satisfying. The most important thing is winning. It doesn't matter how."

While the Tigers rejoiced, the White Sox clubhouse was quiet after manager Ozzie Guillen used his postgame press conference to unleash the kind of expletive-filled diatribe for which he's famous.

"If they think the season's over for them, yes. If they think the season's over for me, no," said Guillen, whose team was eliminated earlier in the week. "If you don't have pride to play this game, if you don't care about it, get another job.

"I'm not in the pennant race, but at least I have some pride. When you go [into the clubhouse] and turn the TV on and watch the stupid football, when the damn football players don't [care] about you, that's embarrassing."

He then stormed into the clubhouse and screamed that he'll destroy televisions that get turned on during games in the season's final week.

White Sox captain Paul Konerko didn't witness Guillen's rant, but said he also is frustrated.

"I'm all for no TV, no music, no kids, across the board when you don't win," Konerko said.

White Sox starter Freddy Garcia faced the minimum 12 batters over the first four innings before allowing Cabrera's leadoff homer in the fifth. Cabrera singled home two more runs in the sixth, cutting Detroit's deficit to 5-3.

In each of the next two innings, the Tigers scored four runs on six hits and sent 10 batters to the plate.

Carlos Guillen opened the seventh with a single. Laird singled with one out and Adam Everett followed with an RBI single. Granderson then singled to tie the game.

That ended the night for Garcia (2-4), who allowed 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"We just continued to get guys on base and put pressure on him," Granderson said. "Finally, we were able to get to him."

Polanco lined reliever Tony Pena's third pitch into right field to put Detroit ahead, and Magglio Ordonez's single made it 7-5.

Detroit broke it open in the eighth against Scott Linebrink on Granderson's RBI triple, Polanco's run-scoring double and RBI singles by Clete Thomas and Cabrera. Granderson singled home a ninth-inning run.

After Nate Robertson gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings, Alfredo Figaro (2-1) allowed only one hit over 2 2/3 innings to earn the win.

The White Sox built their big lead on Carlos Quentin's three-run homer, Alex Rios' solo shot and Gordon Beckham's RBI single. They could have scored even more runs but grounded into five double plays.

Notes

  • Tigers 3B Brandon Inge is 0 for 9 with six strikeouts in the series, and his error led to two unearned runs in Friday's 2-0 loss. White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez batted third for the first time this season. He was robbed of a first-inning homer on a leaping grab by Carlos Guillen in LF.
  • Granderson was 4 for 27 in his career against Garcia until his seventh-inning single.
 
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Miguel Cabrera drives in four to reach the 100-RBI mark for the sixth consecutive season.  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera drives in four to reach the 100-RBI mark for the sixth consecutive season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6233010 .246
Placido Polanco, 2B5232100 .290
Magglio Ordonez, RF4121000 .297
    Clete Thomas, PR-RF2111002 .247
Miguel Cabrera, 1B6144002 .331
Aubrey Huff, DH3010002 .244
   a- Marcus Thames, PH-DH0000200 .251
Carlos Guillen, LF4110004 .256
    Ryan Raburn, LF1010000 .283
Brandon Inge, 3B5000035 .230
Gerald Laird, C5330001 .232
Adam Everett, SS5111012 .235
Totals4612201235  
a-was walked intentionally for Huff in the 7th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (31, Linebrink), Magglio Ordonez (21, Garcia), Gerald Laird (23, Nunez)
3B - Curtis Granderson (8, Linebrink)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (32, Garcia)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 3 (67), Placido Polanco 2 (71), Magglio Ordonez (42), Clete Thomas (39), Miguel Cabrera 4 (100), Adam Everett (44)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (27), Placido Polanco (32), Clete Thomas (21), Miguel Cabrera 3 (32)
SB - Gerald Laird (5, 2nd base off Linebrink/Flowers)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Everett-Cabrera, Everett-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Everett-Cabrera, Everett-Polanco-Cabrera, Everett-Polanco-Cabrera
E - Nate Robertson (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 3.1654322 5.56
Alfredo Figaro (W,2-1) 2.2100010 5.74
Zach Miner (H,8) 1100020 4.31
Brandon Lyon 2000100 2.82
IBB - Dye by Nate Robertson
WP - Nate Robertson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 55-28, Alfredo Figaro 28-16, Zach Miner 14-10, Brandon Lyon 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 4-1, Alfredo Figaro 5-1, Zach Miner 1-0, Brandon Lyon 3-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 16, Alfredo Figaro 8, Zach Miner 4, Brandon Lyon 6
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, DH4120002 .302
Gordon Beckham, 3B3011101 .268
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110003 .278
Paul Konerko, 1B3000012 .279
   a- Josh Fields, PH-1B1000001 .219
Jermaine Dye, RF2100200 .251
Carlos Quentin, LF4113001 .233
Alex Rios, CF4121010 .244
Jayson Nix, 2B2000010 .235
   b- Dewayne Wise, PH1010000 .211
    Brent Lillibridge, 2B0000000 .143
Tyler Flowers, C2000122 .167
Totals3058545  
a-grounded into a double play for Konerko in the 8th
b-singled for Nix in the 7th
Batting
HR - Carlos Quentin (18, Robertson), Alex Rios (17, Robertson)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (59), Carlos Quentin 3 (49), Alex Rios (68)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (26)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Konerko-Garcia
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (L,2-4) 6.11077031 4.78
Tony Pena 0.1200000 4.27
Randy Williams 0.1000100 5.17
Scott Linebrink 0.2544020 4.75
Jhonny Nunez 1.1311200 9.53
IBB - Thames by Randy Williams
WP - Scott Linebrink (5), Jhonny Nunez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 87-61, Tony Pena 10-8, Randy Williams 10-3, Scott Linebrink 35-22, Jhonny Nunez 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 5-10, Randy Williams 1-0, Jhonny Nunez 2-2
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 28, Tony Pena 3, Randy Williams 2, Scott Linebrink 7, Jhonny Nunez 9
Game Information
Attendance - 35590
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Mark Carlson