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Pierzynski delivers in 10th, White Sox win 7th straight

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DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox keep finding ways to win.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and finished with three RBI on Monday, and Chicago beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 for their seventh straight win.

The White Sox are second in the A.L. Central, 3½ games behind the Minnesota Twins.

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"Keep battling, not giving away at-bats. Nobody is panicking," Pierzynski said.

Chris Sale (1-1) earned his first major league victory, finishing with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

"Just going out there and trying to throw the ball well every time I get into a game," said Sale, who has an 0.66 ERA in 12 appearances only three months off the Florida Gulf Coast campus.

"Very, very pleasant surprise," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen. "Very, very nice."

Jose Valverde (2-4) took the loss.

Don Kelly homered and drove in three runs for Detroit.

"It was a real good ballgame. We just didn't execute a couple pitches and we got burnt," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Manny Ramirez led off the 10th with a single and went to second when Ryan Raburn stumbled and booted the ball in left. Alejandro De Aza ran for Ramirez, and pinch-hitter Alex Rios hit a single one out later to send De Aza to third. Pierzynski followed with a looper into short left field on a 1-2 pitch to bring in De Aza and give the White Sox the lead.

"We're just going in there [each at-bat] to fight and see what happens," said Pierzynski, who was 2 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Alexei Ramirez's two-out single in the eighth had tied the game at 4 for the White Sox.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer was replaced by Phil Coke after Andruw Jones' one-out single in the eighth. Coke got Pierzynski to fly out to the warning track in right and was replaced by Ryan Perry. Brent Lillibridge, running for Jones, stole second and Alexei Ramirez sent a liner into left-center to tie the game.

"Definitely made a mistake to Ramirez, which he capitalized on," Perry said.

The Tigers' Brandon Inge hit a drive down the left-field line and into the stands with two outs and one on in the eighth that was originally called a home run. The call was overruled when replay clearly showed the ball was foul.

"It started so far fair as soon as it came off and then it started hooking early. Then I just had a feeling. You can kind of tell," Inge said. "It didn't quite get there. I knew it was gone. I knew it had the distance, just didn't have the direction."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead when the first three batters got hits, but Chicago tied it in the second on Pierzynski's bases-loaded single.

The White Sox went ahead 3-2 in the fourth on Juan Pierre's two out, run-scoring single. Chicago nearly added another run, but Tigers right fielder Brennan Boesch threw Mark Kotsay out at the plate as he tried to score from second on Omar Vizquel's single.

Miguel Cabrera led off with a single and Kelly drove Edwin Jackson's next pitch into the right-field stands for his sixth home run, giving Detroit a 4-3 lead.

Scherzer allowed four runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out six.

Jackson gave up four runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.

Notes

  • Vizquel passed Rafael Palmeiro for most games by a player born outside the United States (2,832), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Chicago 1B Paul Konerko sat out because of a stiff back.
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in attendance.
  • Kelly made two outstanding catches in LF. He robbed Kotsay of a hit with a diving catch to his left with two on and none out in the second, and victimized Vizquel with his back to the diamond and running toward the left-field foul pole as he led off the third.
 
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A.J. Pierzynski collects two hits and drives in three runs, including the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning.  (US Presswire)
A.J. Pierzynski collects two hits and drives in three runs, including the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

D. Kelly
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5011003 .278
Omar Vizquel, SS-3B5010012 .283
Carlos Quentin, RF4000120 .241
Manny Ramirez, DH5130021 .321
    Alejandro De Aza, PR-DH0100000 .000
Mark Teahen, 3B-1B4100123 .268
Andruw Jones, CF3120001 .228
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-CF0100000 .283
   a- Alex Rios, PH-CF1010000 .292
A.J. Pierzynski, C5023002 .264
Mark Kotsay, 1B3020002 .242
   b- Alexei Ramirez, PH-SS1011000 .284
Gordon Beckham, 2B5000017 .255
Totals41513528  
a-singled for Lillibridge in the 10th
b-singled for Kotsay in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Juan Pierre (38), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (49), Alexei Ramirez (59)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (16), Alexei Ramirez (24)
SB - Brent Lillibridge (4, 2nd base off Perry/Avila), Alexei Ramirez (9, 2nd base off Perry/Avila)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-Beckham-Kotsay
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 7.1944161 4.39
Chris Sale (W,1-1) 2.2000030 0.66
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 110-71, Chris Sale 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-10
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 31, Chris Sale 8
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5110020 .305
Will Rhymes, 2B5110020 .310
Johnny Damon, DH4021100 .266
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4110004 .334
Don Kelly, LF3123000 .249
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH-LF1000001 .256
Brandon Inge, 3B4010012 .251
Brennan Boesch, RF3010011 .266
   b- Casper Wells, PH-RF1000010 .318
Alex Avila, C3000012 .218
   c- Jhonny Peralta, PH-SS1000000 .249
Ramon Santiago, SS4000011 .264
    Max St. Pierre, C0000000 .250
Totals3849419  
a-flied out for Kelly in the 8th
b-struck out for Boesch in the 9th
c-popped out for Avila in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (31, Jackson)
HR - Don Kelly (6, Jackson)
RBI - Johnny Damon (43), Don Kelly 3 (20)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1
DP - Valverde-Rhymes-Peralta-Cabrera
E - Ryan Raburn (6, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer 7.1944260 3.51
Phil Coke (H,17) 0.1000000 2.70
Ryan Perry (BS,3) 1.1100010 4.11
Jose Valverde (L,2-4) 1311010 3.15
HBP - A. Jones (by Max Scherzer), A. Ramirez (by Jose Valverde)
WP - Max Scherzer (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 116-78, Phil Coke 4-2, Ryan Perry 21-12, Jose Valverde 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-10, Ryan Perry 1-2, Jose Valverde 1-0
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 33, Phil Coke 1, Ryan Perry 5, Jose Valverde 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32924
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo