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DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta's first home run of the season was worth the wait.
Peralta hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. The Tigers trailed by a run when Alex Avila hit a one-out single, and Peralta ended it with a homer to right-center.
"It's the best moment you can feel," Peralta said. "The first home run this year -- and walk-off. It's not bad, huh?"
Chicago led 4-2 after Gordon Beckham's tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh, but Detroit got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. Matt Thornton (1-1) got the last out of the eighth but gave up the winning homer to Peralta.
The White Sox are moving Chris Sale from the rotation back to the bullpen to be their closer, but he's not expected to pitch again until next week.
"With everything going on today, we looked at the way they were lining up and went with Matt," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
Jose Valverde (2-0) pitched the top of the ninth for the win.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for him.
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Detroit outfielder Delmon Young was reinstated Friday from the restricted list following a seven-day suspension, but he didn't play. Young was arrested last week and accused of yelling anti-Semitic epithets in New York.
The Tigers didn't need him. Avila hit his fourth homer of the year for Detroit, and Peralta's opposite-field shot gave the Tigers the victory.
"I didn't hit it too much to right field last year, so this year it feels really good for me to hit the ball to right field," Peralta said. "I don't worry about the homer. I try to hit the ball, make good contact. ... When you make good contact, the ball goes no matter what."
Beckham had three hits for the White Sox.
Detroit rookie Drew Smyly allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven.
"I'm just happy I'm staying consistent. It's a long, long season," Smyly said. "I feel like all my pitches pretty much, expect my changeup -- I've been working on that a lot -- but they've been right where I want them. I can throw them for strikes, I can throw them where I want them."
Smyly hadn't allowed more than a run in any of his first four starts, and he had a 2-1 lead after Avila's solo shot in the fourth. But Alexei Ramirez led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Adam Dunn sacrifice fly to tie it.
Peavy, coming off back-to-back complete games, fell four outs short this time. He allowed an RBI single to Cabrera with his 122nd and final pitch, and Thornton came on and got Prince Fielder on a grounder to the mound, with part of the Detroit slugger's broken bat hitting the screen behind the plate.
"I hate that I couldn't get out of that inning, because that would have made it easier for Matt," Peavy said.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Raburn. Chicago answered in the third with an RBI double from Beckham.
|Jhonny Peralta's first home run of the season for the Tigers comes as a walk-off, two-run shot to beat the White Sox. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.250|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.210|
|Adam Dunn, DH||3||0||0||1||0||2||0||.239|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.355|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.282|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.218|
|Brent Lillibridge, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Brent Morel, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||2||1||.193|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||3||3||0||0||1||.233|
|2B - Gordon Beckham (4, Smyly)|
|3B - Alexei Ramirez (1, Smyly)|
|HR - Gordon Beckham (2, Dotel)|
|SF - Adam Dunn (1)|
|SH - Brent Morel (5)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn (20), Gordon Beckham 3 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gordon Beckham 2 (3)|
|SB - Brent Lillibridge (7, 2nd base off Valverde/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Thornton (BS,1; L,1-1)||0.2||2||2||2||0||0||1||3.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 122-81, Matt Thornton 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 5-11, Matt Thornton 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 30, Matt Thornton 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.298|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.221|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.302|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Andy Dirks, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.282|
|a- Ramon Santiago, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.163|
|Alex Avila, C||3||2||3||1||1||0||0||.279|
|Gerald Laird, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.253|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.133|
|Don Kelly, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|a-grounded out-bunting for Dirks in the 9th|
|2B - Alex Avila (3, Peavy)|
|HR - Alex Avila (4, Peavy), Jhonny Peralta (1, Thornton)|
|SF - Ryan Raburn (1)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (22), Alex Avila (9), Jhonny Peralta 2 (9), Ryan Raburn (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (7)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Raburn-Peralta-Fielder, Raburn-Peralta-Fielder|
|PB - Alex Avila (3)|
|Jose Valverde (W,2-0)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||5.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 99-62, Octavio Dotel 16-10, Duane Below 14-8, Jose Valverde 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 5-4, Octavio Dotel 2-1, Duane Below 2-0, Jose Valverde 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 23, Octavio Dotel 6, Duane Below 3, Jose Valverde 4|
|Attendance - 33615|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Tschida|