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DETROIT -- After watching his Detroit Tigers avoid a series sweep with a nice rally, manager Jim Leyland admitted his team has a lot to prove right now.
The Tigers have developed an unpleasant habit of fading in the second half, so there was an antsy vibe around Comerica Park when they lost two straight to Chicago immediately after the All-Star break.
"We're not hiding from that," Leyland said. "The only way you quiet that down is to do what we did today -- go win games."
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The Tigers haven't played above-.500 baseball after the All-Star break since 2000, and they dropped the first two games of this series by a combined 13-2.
Philip Humber (8-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox. He struck out eight and walked one.
But Penny was able to settle down after that. He ended up throwing only 78 pitches.
"Some teams are different. Those guys are really aggressive, and they're doing me a favor by swinging first and second pitch every time," Penny said. "I'm throwing strikes, and they're helping my pitch count, when they had me a little bit on the ropes in the second inning."
The first time the Tigers hosted the White Sox this season, Detroit outscored Chicago 21-3 in a three-game sweep. The White Sox seemed ready to return the favor, but Humber ran out of steam.
Brennan Boesch's solo homer in the fourth made it 3-1, and Andy Dirks led off the Detroit sixth with a hard-hit ball that shortstop Alexei Ramirez deflected but couldn't stop. Dirks hustled all the way to second as the ball rolled into short center field, and Magglio Ordonez walked one out later.
Miguel Cabrera hit a grounder to Ramirez, but with the runners moving, Chicago couldn't turn a double play.
"If he hits a line drive at the third baseman, I look like a fool, but you don't manage like that," Leyland said. "That was the right play, and fortunately it worked out good for us, but it wasn't anything that 30 out of 30 managers wouldn't have done, in my opinion."
Martinez came up with men on second and third and two out. His single brought home both runners when right fielder Carlos Quentin overran the ball slightly.
"I really wouldn't change anything I threw, but they have great hitters and they got some hits off me," Humber said. "You just have to tip your cap to them."
Humber left after Peralta's hit, and Guillen followed with a clutch base hit off Chris Sale. Quentin tried to play the ball on a short hop, but it bounced off him and went several feet away. Martinez scored easily.
Penny struck out two and walked one.
"That was probably one of the worst games I've thrown in a long time, for me," he said. "That wasn't a great game for me by any means."
|Detroit rallies in the sixth inning on Carlos Guillen's pivotal RBI single as the Tigers avoid a series sweep. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.318|
|Adam Dunn, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.160|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.260|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.210|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||2||0||0||1||1||0||2||.288|
|Brent Lillibridge, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.255|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.228|
|2B - Adam Dunn (13, Penny), Alex Rios (14, Penny)|
|SF - A.J. Pierzynski (3)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (22), A.J. Pierzynski (30), Gordon Beckham (29)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Philip Humber (L,8-6)||5.2||7||4||4||1||8||1||3.27|
|Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 90-56, Chris Sale 14-12, Jesse Crain 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 4-4, Chris Sale 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Philip Humber 24, Chris Sale 6, Jesse Crain 2|
|Andy Dirks, CF-LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||1||1||1||0||3||1||.297|
|Casper Wells, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.222|
|Don Kelly, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.311|
|Victor Martinez, DH||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.314|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.314|
|Carlos Guillen, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.286|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.180|
|2B - Andy Dirks (5, Humber), Magglio Ordonez (6, Humber)|
|HR - Brennan Boesch (13, Humber)|
|RBI - Brennan Boesch (45), Victor Martinez 2 (52), Carlos Guillen (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (23), Carlos Guillen (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cabrera-Peralta, Guillen-Peralta-Cabrera|
|E - Jhonny Peralta (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Brad Penny (W,7-6)||6.2||9||3||3||1||2||0||4.47|
|Al Alburquerque (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.73|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.11|
|Jose Valverde (S,25)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.24|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 78-54, Al Alburquerque 5-3, Joaquin Benoit 13-8, Jose Valverde 21-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 10-7, Jose Valverde 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Al Alburquerque 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 4|
|Attendance - 37049|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Al Porter|