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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will probably clinch a division title in the next few days.
It would have to be quite a celebration to top this.
Detroit tied Saturday night's game with an astonishing six-run rally in the ninth inning, then beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 when Omar Infante hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the 12th.
Infante's grounder deflected off the glove of reliever Jacob Petricka with one out, and the Tigers spilled onto the field with Comerica Park in a frenzy. Detroit plays its final scheduled home game of the year Sunday and can clinch a third straight AL Central championship with a win and a Cleveland loss.
"All year we've battled," outfielder Andy Dirks said. "We always say it doesn't matter if we're down or we're up, we're going to keep on grinding out at-bats and try to win the game no matter what."
Trailing 6-0 in the ninth, the Tigers scored five runs before the first out. Dirks' three-run homer as a pinch-hitter pulled Detroit within one.
"We know as long as you have outs left, you have a chance," outfielder Torii Hunter said.
The Tigers won after trailing by six in the ninth for the first time since Aug. 22, 1947, according to STATS. They beat the Washington Senators 7-6 that day.
It was the first time since at least 1918 the White Sox lost after leading by at least six runs in the ninth inning or later.
About the only negative for the Tigers was Miguel Cabrera's departure shortly after his ninth-inning single. He left with groin soreness, and said he'd see how he feels Sunday.
Chicago's Chris Sale was working on a shutout when he was pulled in the eighth after 97 pitches. Nate Jones got out of that inning and after the White Sox added three runs in the top of the ninth, he came back to the mound with a 6-0 lead.
Detroit wasted no time turning a previously subdued night at the ballpark into a memorable one.
The key hit came from Dirks, who followed Martinez with a homer that made it 6-5.
"It's a good feeling to put the team down by a run but then the rest of the guys came through and scored the other run to tie it up," Dirks said. "That speaks highly of this ballclub. It's one thing to get close, it's another thing to tie it up and then win it."
"Just when you think you've seen everything," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "The game's hard unless you get 27 outs. They kept battling -- good at-bat after good at-bat."
Cabrera walked to load the bases again, but Donnie Veal came on and got Prince Fielder to ground out to keep the game tied.
Al Alburquerque (4-3) threw two scoreless innings for Detroit, which scored the winning run without hitting the ball out of the infield. Don Kelly walked and went to second on Fielder's groundout. After an intentional walk to Martinez, Dirks walked to load the bases.
Infante's grounder might have been a double play ball, but Petricka (1-1) tried to field it, and when it bounced off his glove, the White Sox had no play.
Sale allowed four hits and a walk. He struck out seven.
"He's definitely one of the better lefties we've faced," Jackson said. "He changes speeds really well. He's able to throw his offspeed stuff for a strike, so there's really not anything you can just sit on."
Detroit starter Rick Porcello allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out nine.
The White Sox scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth before a three-run ninth appeared to have put the game out of reach. Bryan Anderson hit a two-run double in the ninth.
Chicago acquired LHP Frank De Los Santos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named or cash. He will not be added to the major league roster. ... Detroit LF Matt Tuiasosopo made an outstanding diving catch for the third out in the seventh, preventing the White Sox from scoring more that inning. ... The Tigers send RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7) to the mound Sunday to face Chicago RHP Erik Johnson (1-2).
|The Tigers haven't quite wrapped up the Central, but they come back from six down in the ninth to win in 12. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Leury Garcia, CF||5||0||1||0||0||3||1||.204|
|a-Alejandro De Aza, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.264|
|Marcus Semien, SS||6||1||1||1||0||2||2||.293|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||6||0||0||0||0||1||2||.251|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||6||0||2||1||0||0||1||.248|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||6||1||2||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Jordan Danks, LF-CF||5||1||1||0||0||4||2||.239|
|Jeff Keppinger, DH||5||2||2||1||0||1||0||.248|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||3||2||.270|
|Bryan Anderson, C||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.067|
|b-Adam Dunn, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.218|
|Josh Phegley, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Chris Sale, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Jones, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Addison Reed, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Donnie Veal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jake Petricka, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Garcia in the 11th|
|b-was walked intentionally for Anderson in the 11th|
|2B - Marcus Semien (3, Bonderman), Jeff Keppinger (12, Porcello), Gordon Beckham (20, Alburquerque), Bryan Anderson (1, Bonderman)|
|RBI - Marcus Semien (4), Paul Konerko (53), Jeff Keppinger (38), Gordon Beckham (23), Bryan Anderson 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marcus Semien (2), Jeff Keppinger (19), Gordon Beckham (6)|
|SB - Leury Garcia (7, 2nd base off Porcello/B. Pena), Avisail Garcia (3, 2nd base off Porcello/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Avisail Garcia 1|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Nate Jones (H,14)||0.1||5||5||5||0||0||1||4.28|
|Addison Reed (BS,7)||0.2||0||1||1||4||0||0||3.67|
|Jake Petricka (L,1-1)||1.1||2||1||1||3||0||0||3.00|
|IBB - Martinez by Jake Petricka|
|WP - Chris Sale (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 97-64, Nate Jones 17-12, Addison Reed 25-8, Donnie Veal 15-9, Jake Petricka 29-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 8-7, Nate Jones 1-0, Addison Reed 1-1, Donnie Veal 3-1, Jake Petricka 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sale 27, Nate Jones 6, Addison Reed 6, Donnie Veal 4, Jake Petricka 9|
|Austin Jackson, CF||5||0||0||0||1||0||3||.271|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.299|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.349|
|Don Kelly, 3B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.235|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||6||1||1||0||0||1||4||.283|
|Victor Martinez, DH||5||1||2||1||1||1||0||.303|
|Matt Tuiasosopo, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.255|
|a-Andy Dirks, PH-LF||2||1||1||3||1||0||0||.262|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||2||1||1||0||1||.317|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.227|
|Brayan Pena, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.300|
|b-Alex Avila, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Hernan Perez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.197|
|Bryan Holaday, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Rick Porcello, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Bonderman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darin Downs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joaquin Benoit, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Al Alburquerque, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Tuiasosopo in the 9th|
|b-walked for B. Pena in the 9th|
|2B - Victor Martinez 2 (35, Sale)|
|3B - Torii Hunter (5, Jones)|
|HR - Andy Dirks (9, Jones)|
|SF - Torii Hunter (10)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (6), Bryan Holaday (3)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter (82), Miguel Cabrera (136), Victor Martinez (81), Andy Dirks 3 (37), Omar Infante (50)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Santiago-Infante-Fielder|
|E - Omar Infante (9, Missed catch of throw), Ramon Santiago (2, Throwing)|
|PB - Brayan Pena (5)|
|Al Alburquerque (W,4-3)||2||1||0||0||1||2||0||4.86|
|IBB - Dunn by Al Alburquerque|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 101-71, Jose Veras 17-11, Jeremy Bonderman 20-14, Darin Downs 5-2, Joaquin Benoit 12-8, Al Alburquerque 30-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-5, Jose Veras 2-1, Jeremy Bonderman 1-0, Al Alburquerque 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 26, Jose Veras 5, Jeremy Bonderman 7, Darin Downs 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Al Alburquerque 8|
|Attendance - 41772|
|Game Time - 4:02|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tim Timmons|