Detroit at Chicago

W: C. Balester (2-0) L: W. Ohman (0-2)
S: O. Dotel (1)
HR: DET - M. Cabrera (8),R. Raburn (1),A. Jackson (5)   CHW - P. Konerko (7)

Tigers win with 8-run sixth inning wire reports

CHICAGO -- Three quick swings and the Detroit Tigers wiped out a six-run deficit as if it was nothing.

Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Raburn and Austin Jackson all homered in an eight-run sixth inning Tuesday, powering the rally that produced a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"It doesn't matter when, where or how it looks. A win's a win," said Raburn, who has 13 of his career 54 homers against the White Sox. "It's great to come back from six down and pull it out."

After the Tigers built their lead to 10-6, things got shaky in the bottom of the ninth when the White Sox loaded the bases shortly after closer Jose Valverde had to leave the game with tightness in his lower back.

Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run double off Octavio Dotel before Dayan Viciedo hit a fly ball to the right-field fence to end the game.

"His lower back just tightened up, that's why we had to get him out of there," manager Jim Leyland said. "Right now it's lower back tightness. Just got to keep our fingers crossed on Jose. I think it's all right."

It was 10-6 when Paul Konerko singled and A.J. Pierzynski doubled with two outs for his fifth hit.

Valverde went to a 3-1 count on Alex Rios before a trainer and Leyland went to the mound. And shortly thereafter Valverde headed to the dugout and Dotel got the unexpected call to enter. He finished the walk to Rios, gave up the double to Ramirez and then watched as Brennan Boesch went to the fence to catch Viciedo's fly ball.

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"When [Valverde] was in the game and got a quick two outs, I thought the game was going to be over," Dotel said. "This game is hard to understand sometimes. You think you're in, and you're out. You think you're out, and you're in. Just always be ready."

And it looked like the White Sox were ready to celebrate a victory.

Chicago starter Jake Peavy sailed into the sixth with a 6-0 lead before Cabrera hit a two-run homer to the back of the bleachers in left field.

A double by Prince Fielder, who had three hits, and a hit batter set up Raburn's first homer of the season. After Peavy walked Jhonny Peralta, reliever Will Ohman (0-2) hit pinch-hitter Delmon Young and Jackson followed with a three-run homer on an 0-2 count.

"I've been in jams all year. I just have to make a pitch to get us out of the inning there and try to leave with a lead," Peavy said.

"I put Will in a tough situation having to face a couple of righties. ... I just don't know what to say. It was ugly. I let my emotions get the best out of me. I take full responsibility for letting the inning get to where it got and the bullpen had trouble keeping it where it was. It was just a bad loss. ... when you get that many runs and you don't walk away with a team win, it's disgusting."

Raburn and Peralta added RBI singles off Nate Jones in the seventh.

Pierzynski went 5 for 5 and drove in three runs. Konerko also homered.

Alejandro De Aza singled in the bottom of the first and walks to Gordon Beckham and Konerko loaded the bases. Pierzynski hit an RBI single and another run scored on the play when left fielder Don Kelly fumbled the ball for an error.

Konerko hit his seventh homer and Viciedo added an RBI single in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer labored with 99 pitches in his four-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. After singles by Adam Dunn and Konerko in the fifth, Scherzer was relieved by Collin Balester (2-0), who threw a wild pitch and then gave up a two-run single to Pierzynski for the 6-0 lead.

But on a windy day no lead is safe in Chicago.

"This park's funny. It doesn't take long. You saw how quickly that eight-spot went up," Leyland said.

" It was pretty unbelievable, you've got to be careful here. ...It goes out of here in a hurry. They almost got it out of here."


  • Former major league pitcher Jim Abbott, who played with the White Sox and was a teammate of Robin Ventura's, threw out the first pitch to the first-year Chicago manager.
  • Ventura said DH Adam Dunn will likely play in left field all three games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend. Before the two city rivals play, the White Sox fly to California for a brief two-game series against the Angels.
  • Detroit finished its nine game-road trip to Seattle, Oakland and Chicago at 4-5.
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Austin Jackson is one of three Tigers to homer during their eight-run rally in the sixth inning.  (US Presswire)
Austin Jackson is one of three Tigers to homer during their eight-run rally in the sixth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 0

R. Raburn
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4123110 .323
Andy Dirks, DH5110002 .351
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5122010 .308
Prince Fielder, 1B4130001 .292
Alex Avila, C3110101 .240
Brennan Boesch, RF3210122 .234
Ryan Raburn, 2B-LF5124014 .162
Jhonny Peralta, SS4111112 .252
Don Kelly, LF2000000 .231
   a- Delmon Young, PH-LF1100001 .234
    Ramon Santiago, 2B0000000 .154
a-hit by pitch for Kelly in the 6th
2B - Prince Fielder 2 (6, Peavy, Peavy)
3B - Austin Jackson (2, Peavy)
HR - Austin Jackson (5, Ohman), Miguel Cabrera (8, Peavy), Ryan Raburn (1, Peavy)
SH - Alex Avila (1)
RBI - Austin Jackson 3 (16), Miguel Cabrera 2 (31), Ryan Raburn 4 (6), Jhonny Peralta (11)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Don Kelly 1
E - Alex Avila (3, Throwing), Don Kelly (2, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Max Scherzer 4865331 6.26
Collin Balester (W,2-0) 1.1100010 5.82
Phil Coke (H,7) 1.2100020 5.28
Joaquin Benoit 1100010 2.87
Jose Valverde 0.2222110 5.51
Octavio Dotel (S,1) 0.1100000 3.38
WP - Collin Balester (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 99-62, Collin Balester 13-10, Phil Coke 26-19, Joaquin Benoit 9-8, Jose Valverde 18-11, Octavio Dotel 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-4, Collin Balester 1-2, Phil Coke 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 22, Collin Balester 5, Phil Coke 6, Joaquin Benoit 4, Jose Valverde 5, Octavio Dotel 2
Chicago White Sox
Alejandro De Aza, CF5120011 .289
Gordon Beckham, 2B4100101 .195
Adam Dunn, DH5110022 .248
Paul Konerko, 1B4331110 .344
A.J. Pierzynski, C5253000 .288
Alex Rios, RF3000224 .275
Alexei Ramirez, SS5012005 .208
Dayan Viciedo, LF5021003 .218
Brent Morel, 3B4000021 .178
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Valverde), Alexei Ramirez (4, Dotel)
HR - Paul Konerko (7, Scherzer)
RBI - Paul Konerko (20), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (24), Alexei Ramirez 2 (16), Dayan Viciedo (10)
2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (8), Dayan Viciedo (5)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (7, 3rd base off Scherzer/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Dayan Viciedo 1
DP - Peavy-A. Ramirez-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Jake Peavy 5.1966242 2.65
Will Ohman (BS,1; L,0-2) 1244101 7.82
Nate Jones 1.2200010 1.59
Hector Santiago 1000110 4.50
HBP - Boesch (by Jake Peavy), Young (by Will Ohman), Fielder (by Hector Santiago)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 104-61, Will Ohman 23-15, Nate Jones 27-18, Hector Santiago 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 5-5, Nate Jones 3-0, Hector Santiago 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Will Ohman 7, Nate Jones 6, Hector Santiago 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21473
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi