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"I like the fact that we can listen to music on the plane now," he said.
Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Raburn also connected for the Tigers, who won for only the third time in 16 road games. Detroit also snapped a string of 10 straight road series losses dating to a two-game sweep at Oakland in May.
"That's unbelievable. Now we can say we're capable of winning on the road," Damon said. "That's been our Achilles' heel all year. It's good to win a series. Hopefully we can take that momentum into New York."
The White Sox wrapped up a disappointing 2-4 homestand that opened with them tied with the Twins for the AL Central lead and finished with them three back of Minnesota. Chicago opens a key three-game series against the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.
"Very bad. Very bad pitching," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When we pitch well we're not hitting and that combination makes for a very poor homestand. We got to prepare better for the next road trip and play better, no doubt."
Detroit blew a 5-1 lead and starting pitcher Armando Galarraga and catcher Alex Avila had to be separated following a heated exchange in the dugout after the first inning. Galarraga called it a "misunderstanding," and Damon didn't seem too concerned.
"Dissension breeds winners," Damon said. "We should have done it earlier."
Cabrera went deep against Sergio Santos in the seventh and Detroit added three more in the eighth. Damon had the key two-out hit against
After Jones homered in the White Sox eighth, Detroit put the game away with four runs in the ninth. Peralta went deep against Tony Pena, Don Kelly had a two-run single and Inge drove in Austin Jackson with a fielder's choice.
Putz yielded three runs, two earned, and two hits in the eighth. The struggling right-hander gave up Avila's two-run homer in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss.
"We're all behind him," Konerko said. "I'm sure he is disappointed but there is no worries. Every time he touches the ball I feel good about it."
Putz pitched in three consecutive games for the first time since July 27-29, 2007. He left without talking to reporters.
The White Sox have lost five of eight at home after a 19-1 stretch at U.S. Cellular Field. They have dropped six of eight overall.
"To be honest with you, the ballclub didn't have energy today," Guillen said. "Even though we scored eight runs I didn't see any energy today in the ballclub."
Brad Thomas (5-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.
Galarraga allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings.
After not getting out of the third inning in Tuesday's loss to the Twins, Freddy Garcia was tagged for five runs and eight hits in five innings for Chicago.
"This week, I blame myself," Garcia said. "I pitched terrible. Everybody else. They are pretty positive. I am too, but I have to get into the groove and start throwing the ball better."
The Tigers led 5-1 before the White Sox scored three times in the fifth and sixth. Alexei Ramirez hit a tying a single before Konerko's 29th homer.
|Phil Coke celebrates with Johnny Damon as Detroit wins to snap a string of 10 straight road series losses. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||3||2||0||2||1||1||.303|
|Johnny Damon, LF||5||2||2||2||0||2||2||.278|
|Don Kelly, LF||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.219|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.274|
|a- Jeff Frazier, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.217|
|b- Brandon Inge, PH-3B||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.254|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||2||2||1||3||0||1||.341|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||5||0||2||2||0||1||5||.270|
|Jhonny Peralta, 3B-SS||5||2||2||3||0||0||3||.238|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B-RF||5||2||2||1||0||1||0||.238|
|Alex Avila, C||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.219|
|Ramon Santiago, SS-2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.275|
|a-struck out for Boesch in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Frazier in the 8th|
|2B - Johnny Damon (30, Garcia), Alex Avila (7, Garcia), Ramon Santiago (9, Pena)|
|3B - Johnny Damon (3, Putz)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (27, Santos), Jhonny Peralta 2 (11, Garcia, Pena), Ryan Raburn (6, Garcia)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (39), Don Kelly 2 (12), Brandon Inge (44), Miguel Cabrera (95), Carlos Guillen 2 (34), Jhonny Peralta 3 (50), Ryan Raburn (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (9), Miguel Cabrera (35), Carlos Guillen 2 (16), Jhonny Peralta 2 (23)|
|SB - Austin Jackson (17, 2nd base off Garcia/Castro), Ryan Raburn (2, 2nd base off Putz/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Peralta-Santiago-Cabrera|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (11, Dropped fly)|
|Robbie Weinhardt (BS,1)||1||3||3||3||0||1||1||7.79|
|Brad Thomas (W,5-1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.41|
|Ryan Perry (H,14)||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||4.50|
|HBP - Pierre (by Armando Galarraga)|
|WP - Armando Galarraga (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 104-66, Robbie Weinhardt 19-16, Brad Thomas 14-9, Ryan Perry 17-9, Phil Coke 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 4-6, Robbie Weinhardt 2-0, Brad Thomas 3-0, Ryan Perry 1-1, Phil Coke 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 25, Robbie Weinhardt 6, Brad Thomas 3, Ryan Perry 5, Phil Coke 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.289|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||2||2||2||1||1||2||.302|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||4||0||0||1||1||1||2||.233|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.255|
|Omar Vizquel, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Ramon Castro, C||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.309|
|Mark Kotsay, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.230|
|Andruw Jones, CF||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.209|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||2||1||1||0||1||1||2||.253|
|2B - Mark Teahen (8, Galarraga), Andruw Jones (8, Weinhardt)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (29, Weinhardt), Andruw Jones (16, Perry)|
|SF - Alexei Ramirez (3)|
|SH - Juan Pierre (13), Gordon Beckham (6)|
|RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (48), Paul Konerko 2 (80), Carlos Quentin (77), Mark Teahen (17), Ramon Castro (16), Andruw Jones (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez (20), Paul Konerko 2 (35), Mark Teahen (9), Ramon Castro (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Andruw Jones (2, Dropped fly)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Sergio Santos (H,11)||0.2||2||1||1||0||1||1||1.63|
|J.J. Putz (BS,3; L,5-5)||1||2||3||2||2||2||0||2.64|
|IBB - Cabrera by Freddy Garcia, by Cabrera, Cabrera by J.J. Putz, Jackson by Tony Pena|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 98-57, Chris Sale 21-13, Sergio Santos 15-9, J.J. Putz 29-15, Tony Pena 32-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 4-7, Chris Sale 1-1, Tony Pena 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, Chris Sale 4, Sergio Santos 4, J.J. Putz 8, Tony Pena 8|
|Attendance - 36287|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Doug Eddings|