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Tigers win eighth straight on Hunter's walk-off hit in 12th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Torii Hunter's day off came to an abrupt end in extra innings.

That was fine with the Detroit outfielder -- especially once he was smiling and celebrating after hitting the winning single.

Hunter's line drive to left-center field in the 12th inning gave the Tigers a 3-2 victory against the White Sox on Sunday, stretching Detroit's winning streak to eight games and Chicago's losing streak to 10. Hunter was out of the starting lineup, but he entered in the 10th with the game tied.

"I thought I had a day off, but when you come to the park, you enjoy the first couple innings. Once that fifth inning hits, you just go down to the tunnel and get yourself loose," Hunter said. "That's the way you've got to approach it."

Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with hip and abdominal problems, led off the Detroit 12th with a pinch-hit single. Matt Tuiasosopo ran for him and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jackson. Hunter's single off Dylan Axelrod (3-8) drove in the winning run.

Bruce Rondon (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for his first career victory.

The Tigers have won 12 of 13, and take a three-game lead in the AL Central into a four-game series at second-place Cleveland.

"The starting pitchers are having quality starts, and our bullpen is coming in and getting the job done," Hunter said. "Timely hitting, our defense looks good ... all cylinders are clicking right now. We're just going to ride that bike until the wheels fall off."

Adam Dunn hit a home run and had four hits for Chicago. Paul Konerko added a solo home run in the ninth for the White Sox to force extra innings.

The White Sox have lost 10 straight for the first time since June 1976. They were aggressive early on, and it ended up backfiring.

With one out in the first, Alexei Ramirez left first base early, trying to steal second. Pitcher Rick Porcello eventually realized what was happening and stepped off the rubber, catching Ramirez in a rundown.

The next three hitters reached base on two singles and a walk, but Chicago stranded them all and came out of the inning with no runs.

"We had them on the ropes early, but you've got to push them across the plate if you're going to win," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Detroit had men on second and third with one out in the second, but Jose Iglesias struck out and Ramon Santiago hit a grounder to first.

Dunn put the White Sox ahead 1-0 with a majestic drive in the fourth. His 26th home run of the year cleared both levels of bushes behind the wall in center field, disappearing into the ivy that also serves as a hitting backdrop at Comerica Park.

Chicago's Andre Rienzo, making his second big league start, still hadn't allowed an earned run in the majors until the Tigers broke through in the seventh. Alex Avila hit an RBI double, and Santiago added a sacrifice fly to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham made a terrific sliding catch with his back to the plate on Prince Fielder's eighth-inning popup. That helped keep the White Sox within a run.

Porcello allowed a run and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one. Reliever Drew Smyly allowed Konerko's home run in the ninth.

Rienzo allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta -- who faces a possible suspension from Major League Baseball's drug investigation -- made a nice catch of Ramirez's soft liner in the 10th to start a double play.

Cabrera, who like Hunter was not in the starting lineup, came to the plate to a huge ovation in the 12th. The sight of him being announced as a pinch-hitter is obviously rare. He grounded a single up the middle to start the winning rally.

"Like he hasn't missed a beat," Tuiasosopo said. "It's incredible."

Notes

  • The Tigers optioned RHP Evan Reed to Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of RHP Jeremy Bonderman.
  • Jackson's grounder up the middle in the sixth appeared to hit Rienzo's throwing hand, but the Brazilian right-hander stayed in the game.
  • Santiago, Detroit's second baseman, stayed in the game after diving to his right to make a nice play on Conor Gillaspie's grounder in the fourth. It initially looked like he had hurt his right leg.
  • Detroit sends RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-7) to the mound Monday night against Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (7-5). Chicago hosts the New York Yankees. LHP Jose Quintana (5-3) starts for the White Sox against LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8).
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 7.2
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF4010011 .273
Alexei Ramirez, SS4020002 .277
Alex Rios, RF5010012 .273
Adam Dunn, 1B5141011 .226
Paul Konerko, DH4111112 .241
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3000004 .242
   a-Jeff Keppinger, PH-3B2000011 .234
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000000 .250
   Jordan Danks, CF2000020 .159
Gordon Beckham, 2B5010010 .298
Tyler Flowers, C4000111 .200
Totals41210229  
a-grounded out for Gillaspie in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alejandro De Aza (22, Porcello), Gordon Beckham (12, Porcello)
HR - Adam Dunn (26, Porcello), Paul Konerko (8, Smyly)
SH - Alejandro De Aza (4), Alexei Ramirez (3)
RBI - Adam Dunn (67), Paul Konerko (36)
CS - Alexei Ramirez (7, 2nd base by Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Dunn
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andre Rienzo 6422330 1.38
Nate Jones 1000000 3.93
David Purcey 0.2100100 2.08
Addison Reed 1.1000100 3.80
Donnie Veal 1100000 6.75
Dylan Axelrod (L,3-8) 1.1311000 5.21
Pitches-Strikes - Andre Rienzo 84-48, Nate Jones 6-6, David Purcey 11-5, Addison Reed 22-14, Donnie Veal 9-6, Dylan Axelrod 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andre Rienzo 8-7, Nate Jones 1-2, David Purcey 1-1, Addison Reed 3-1, Donnie Veal 1-1, Dylan Axelrod 1-3
Batters Faced - Andre Rienzo 25, Nate Jones 3, David Purcey 4, Addison Reed 5, Donnie Veal 3, Dylan Axelrod 7
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5000002 .262
Andy Dirks, LF3010100 .249
   a-Torii Hunter, PH-RF2021000 .315
Don Kelly, RF-LF4010002 .231
Prince Fielder, 1B5000014 .260
Victor Martinez, DH3120210 .272
Jhonny Peralta, SS4110103 .305
Alex Avila, C4011101 .198
Jose Iglesias, 3B5000015 .323
Ramon Santiago, 2B3001003 .200
   b-Miguel Cabrera, PH1010000 .360
   Matt Tuiasosopo, PR0100000 .286
Totals3939353  
a-singled for Dirks in the 10th
b-singled for Santiago in the 12th
Batting
2B - Alex Avila (9, Rienzo)
SF - Ramon Santiago (1)
SH - Austin Jackson (3), Don Kelly (1)
RBI - Torii Hunter (55), Alex Avila (33), Ramon Santiago (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Iglesias-Santiago-Fielder, Iglesias-Santiago-Fielder-Peralta-Santiago
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 7.2811141 4.28
Drew Smyly (BS,2) 0.1111011 1.91
Jose Veras 2000110 2.72
Bruce Rondon (W,1-1) 2100030 5.06
WP - Rick Porcello (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 93-61, Drew Smyly 9-7, Jose Veras 22-12, Bruce Rondon 23-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 9-8, Jose Veras 2-2, Bruce Rondon 2-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 30, Drew Smyly 2, Jose Veras 6, Bruce Rondon 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42513
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jordan Baker