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"I'm just trying to do my job, play hard and do something good for my team," Garcia said. "I'm trying to win games."
The White Sox believe their turnaround will be quick because of a solid young pitching staff. But they're also counting on young players such as Garcia to develop.
He had quite a night against his former team and made his first big impression after being called up from Triple-A following Alex Rios' trade to Texas last week.
Garcia had two hits, drove in his first two runs with Chicago and scored two, including the winner. The White Sox overcame three errors by shortstop Alexei Ramirez to hand the AL Central leaders their fourth loss in five games.
The winning rally started when Jeremy Bonderman (2-4) walked Garcia leading off and threw high to second after fielding Jeff Keppinger's bunt. Then, with one out, he walked Tyler Flowers to load the bases.
"You can't afford to put guys on base and give them free passes. It's my fault," Bonderman said.
The White Sox left two runners on in the ninth against Bruce Rondon, and Detroit had runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th when Reed knocked down Miguel Cabrera's grounder up the middle. Ramirez charged in and barely threw out a sliding Cabrera at first to end the threat and prevent the go-ahead run, and the White Sox won it in the bottom half.
Cabrera's home run streak ended at four games. He was 0 for 5.
All that changed in the eighth.
The White Sox were leading 3-2 when Jones walked Victor Martinez leading off the inning and Ramirez deflected Omar Infante's grounder up the middle with one out for his second error, putting runners on first and third.
Don Kelly, running for Martinez, then scored the tying run on Pena's single to right.
Off to the best start in franchise history at 17-1, Scherzer looked like he was headed toward the loss even though he had only one real hiccup.
He lasted six innings and gave up four hits and three runs -- all in the fourth.
He hit Gordon Beckham in the left elbow and walked Ramirez to start the inning. Garcia, acquired from Detroit in the trade that sent Jake Peavy from Chicago to Boston, drove a two-run triple down the right-field line with two outs and came around on an errant relay to third by Infante.
That gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead, and it seemed that would be enough for Santiago, who had a root canal on Tuesday and wasn't sure he'd be able to pitch in this one.
He woke up with a temperature of 102.7 around 3 a.m. Tuesday and took some cold baths and antibiotics to fight the fever.
Given all that, he delivered a pretty good performance, even if he's now 0-2 in his last nine starts.
Santiago gave up six hits and left with a two-run lead after Martinez lined a single off the left-field wall leading off the sixth. Martinez scored when Ramirez threw wide to first trying to complete a double play on Pena's grounder, making it 3-2.
"I definitely didn't want to miss (the start)," Santiago said.
|Avisail Garcia hurts his former team with a 2-for-4 effort. He finishes with two runs and two RBI. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Austin Jackson, CF||6||0||0||0||0||2||6||.265|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||0||1||0||1||1||0||.307|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||0||0||0||1||1||2||.362|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.262|
|Victor Martinez, DH||2||1||1||0||2||1||2||.283|
|Don Kelly, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Matt Tuiasosopo, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|a-Andy Dirks, PH-LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.242|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||0||3||1||0||0||1||.310|
|Brayan Pena, C||5||0||3||1||0||0||1||.306|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.321|
|a-lined out for Tuiasosopo in the 6th|
|SH - Don Kelly (2), Jose Iglesias (1)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (28), Brayan Pena (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (13)|
|CS - Torii Hunter (2, )|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Infante-Iglesias-Fielder, Infante-Iglesias-Fielder-Iglesias-Infante-Fielder|
|E - Omar Infante (5, Throwing)|
|Jeremy Bonderman (L,2-4)||1.1||1||1||1||2||2||0||4.67|
|WP - Max Scherzer (4)|
|HBP - Beckham (by Max Scherzer)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 105-63, Drew Smyly 10-5, Jose Veras 13-7, Bruce Rondon 17-12, Jeremy Bonderman 33-19, Phil Coke 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-7, Drew Smyly 1-1, Jose Veras 1-2, Bruce Rondon 1-1, Jeremy Bonderman 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Drew Smyly 3, Jose Veras 4, Bruce Rondon 5, Jeremy Bonderman 8, Phil Coke 1|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, LF||5||0||2||1||1||0||3||.276|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.300|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||2||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Adam Dunn, DH||5||0||1||0||0||3||5||.230|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||4||.240|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.240|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.239|
|Jordan Danks, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Josh Phegley, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.225|
|a-Conor Gillaspie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.239|
|a-struck out for Phegley in the 9th|
|3B - Avisail Garcia (2, Scherzer)|
|SH - Jeff Keppinger (1)|
|RBI - Alejandro De Aza (50), Avisail Garcia 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Avisail Garcia 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko-Phegley-Beckham, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko-Phegley-Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko|
|E - Alexei Ramirez 3 (20, Throwing)|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Matt Lindstrom (H,13)||1.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.47|
|Donnie Veal (H,6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.75|
|Nate Jones (BS,3)||2||1||1||0||1||2||0||3.69|
|Addison Reed (W,5-1)||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.48|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 102-61, Matt Lindstrom 30-20, Donnie Veal 2-2, Nate Jones 29-18, Addison Reed 32-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 6-4, Matt Lindstrom 2-2, Nate Jones 3-1, Addison Reed 5-2|
|Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 23, Matt Lindstrom 7, Donnie Veal 1, Nate Jones 8, Addison Reed 9|
|Attendance - 22292|
|Game Time - 4:14|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Wegner|