Fiers, passed ball help Tigers top White Sox 1-0 for sweep

CHICAGO (AP) Mike Fiers thought quality pitching, not the weather, kept down the offense in the Detroit Tigers' 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

''The ball wasn't carrying,'' he said, ''because they weren't hitting weren't hitting many barrels.''

Fiers combined with four relievers on a three-hitter, and the Tigers took advantage of a passed ball to score an unearned run in the first inning Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

On an afternoon with a first-pitch temperature of 36 degrees and a 10 mph wind blowing straight in, the teams combined for just five hits - all singles - and none after the third inning.

Fiers (1-0) made his season debut after recovering from a lumbar strain and allowed three hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first by retiring Nicky Delmonico on a lineout and Welington Castillo on a groundout.

''He's got deception,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''You saw that today. That is why he's been in the big leagues a long time. Today you saw vintage him. I've seen him on the other side. We were just hoping he was healthy and he showed us he is.''

Alex Wilson, Daniel Stumpf, Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene combined on three innings of hitless relief for the Tigers, with Greene overcoming an error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario on Avisail Garcia's leadoff grounder in the ninth to get his second save in as many chances.

Jose Abreu grounded into a double play, and Greene threw a called third strike past Matt Davidson.

''This team pitched very well this series, starters all the way down to bullpen,'' Fiers said. ''Winning a 1-0 game is tough. We are grinding out games. That is what I love about this team.''

Leonys Martin blooped a single to left in front of Delmonico starting the game, stole second, advanced on Castillo's passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

With the White Sox wearing 1983 replica uniforms, Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) allowed the unearned run, two hits and five walks in seven innings and struck out five. He has allowed one earned run during his first two starts.

''I've been able to see results,'' Lopez said through a translator. ''These first two outings have been good, and those are just the first two good outings. I'm expecting more in the future.''

Fiers felt relieved after struggling at the end of last season with the Houston Astros and during spring training with the Tigers.

''It was a big start with the way I ended last year,'' he said. ''The last four or five starts I wasn't the pitcher I am. I got to a place I couldn't get out of. It is awesome as a confidence booster for me and also for this team.''

SURPRISE

Brought up from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Sunday's game, Bruce Rondon took a wrong route - before the game. He went to the visitor's locker room and came across Cabrera, a former Tigers teammate.

''This morning I wrongly went to their clubhouse,'' Rondon said through a translator. ''Miguel said, `Hey, loco, what are you doing here?'''

Rondon pitched for the Tigers from 2013-17 and spent 10 years in the organization before signing a minor league deal with the White Sox in February.

He struck out all four batters he faced, including Cabrera on a slider that ended the eighth, and reached 100 mph.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Rondon said he is over lower back issues that plagued him during spring training. He took the roster spot of RHP Juan Minaya, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Saturday's game.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Francisco Liriano (1-0, 1.35 ERA) is to start Monday at Cleveland, which opens a four-game series with RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 2.40 ERA).

White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Rays RHP Chris Archer (0-0, 6.65 ERA) are to start the opener of a three-game series in Chicago. Archer has 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

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  • W: M. Fiers (1-0)L: R. Lopez (0-1)S: S. Greene (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF31200100.233.343.267.6106.0
J. Candelario 3B40000013.200.300.286.586-0.5
M. Cabrera DH30010020.276.353.483.8360.0
N. Castellanos RF40000010.324.395.500.895-0.5
N. Goodrum 1B20000210.250.333.500.8333.5
M. Mahtook LF30000121.160.241.200.4410.0
J. Hicks C30000022.000.167.000.167-1.0
J. Iglesias SS30000000.077.200.115.3150.0
D. Machado 2B20000100.281.324.469.7920.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B40000021.176.282.324.606-1.0
    A. Garcia RF40200010.343.351.486.8370.5
    J. Abreu 1B30000002.273.333.485.8181.0
    M. Davidson DH30000131.250.400.7141.114-0.5
    N. Delmonico LF20000103.158.304.211.5151.0
    W. Castillo C30000004.231.286.538.8240.0
    L. Garcia CF30000010.250.357.333.690-0.5
    T. Anderson SS30100000.276.364.586.9503.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B30000021.296.387.593.980-1.0
      BATTING
      • SF - M. Cabrera
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Martin, N. Goodrum (3)
      • CS - D. Machado
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Anderson (5)
      • CS - A. Garcia
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Candelario (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - W. Castillo (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 1-0)6.03001600.000.6727.0
      A. Wilson (H, 1)0.20001004.700.91-1.0
      D. Stumpf (H, 1)0.10000000.001.330.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 1)1.00000200.000.754.0
      S. Greene (S, 2)1.00000107.361.9110.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 1-0)6.0
      A. Wilson (H, 1)0.2
      D. Stumpf (H, 1)0.1
      J. Jimenez (H, 1)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez (L, 0-1)7.02105500.690.8514.5
      L. Avilan0.20000003.381.130.0
      B. Rondon1.10000400.000.005.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez (L, 0-1)7.0
      L. Avilan0.2
      B. Rondon1.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Fiers
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 90-61, A. Wilson 10-4, D. Stumpf 3-2, J. Jimenez 11-8, S. Greene 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-8, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, A. Wilson 2, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 91-55, L. Avilan 6-3, B. Rondon 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 5-10, L. Avilan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      100000000121
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF31200100.233.343.267.6106.0
      J. Candelario 3B40000013.200.300.286.586-0.5
      M. Cabrera DH30010020.276.353.483.8360.0
      N. Castellanos RF40000010.324.395.500.895-0.5
      N. Goodrum 1B20000210.250.333.500.8333.5
      M. Mahtook LF30000121.160.241.200.4410.0
      J. Hicks C30000022.000.167.000.167-1.0
      J. Iglesias SS30000000.077.200.115.3150.0
      D. Machado 2B20000100.281.324.469.7920.0
      Total271210596-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Y. Moncada 2B40000021.176.282.324.606-1.0
        A. Garcia RF40200010.343.351.486.8370.5
        J. Abreu 1B30000002.273.333.485.8181.0
        M. Davidson DH30000131.250.400.7141.114-0.5
        N. Delmonico LF20000103.158.304.211.5151.0
        W. Castillo C30000004.231.286.538.8240.0
        L. Garcia CF30000010.250.357.333.690-0.5
        T. Anderson SS30100000.276.364.586.9503.0
        Y. Sanchez 3B30000021.296.387.593.980-1.0
        Total2803002912-----
          BATTING
          • SF - M. Cabrera
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Martin, N. Goodrum (3)
          • CS - D. Machado
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Anderson (5)
          • CS - A. Garcia
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Candelario (2)
          FIELDING
          • PB - W. Castillo (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 1-0)6.03001600.000.6727.0
          A. Wilson (H, 1)0.20001004.700.91-1.0
          D. Stumpf (H, 1)0.10000000.001.330.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 1)1.00000200.000.754.0
          S. Greene (S, 2)1.00000107.361.9110.5
          Total9.0300290---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 1-0)6.0
          A. Wilson (H, 1)0.2
          D. Stumpf (H, 1)0.1
          J. Jimenez (H, 1)1.0
          S. Greene (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Lopez (L, 0-1)7.02105500.690.8514.5
          L. Avilan0.20000003.381.130.0
          B. Rondon1.10000400.000.005.0
          Total9.0210590---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Lopez (L, 0-1)7.0
          L. Avilan0.2
          B. Rondon1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Fiers
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 90-61, A. Wilson 10-4, D. Stumpf 3-2, J. Jimenez 11-8, S. Greene 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 3-8, A. Wilson 1-0, S. Greene 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, A. Wilson 2, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 91-55, L. Avilan 6-3, B. Rondon 20-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 5-10, L. Avilan 1-1
          • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, L. Avilan 2, B. Rondon 4
          • 1ST INNING
            Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Martin scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Rondon Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia safe at first on 3rd baseman Candelario fielding error
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Garcia out at second
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Luis Avilan relieved Reynaldo Lopez
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin flied out to right
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to first
            • Bruce Rondon relieved Luis Avilan
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Moncada: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to third
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias popped out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Machado flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Mike Fiers
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castillo grounded into double play second to first, Delmonico out at second
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Garcia lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Castellanos lined out to pitcher
            • N. Goodrum: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Mahtook lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu flied out to left
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias popped out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson flied out to left
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Goodrum stole second, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Delmonico flied out to right
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to third
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Machado popped out to first
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin singled to right
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Garcia singled to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu popped out to second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to second
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia flied out to left
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Anderson singled to center
            • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson stole second
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin singled to shallow left
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike swinging, Martin stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Martin to third on passed ball, Ball, Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, Martin scored
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada lined out to shortstop
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia singled to right
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu hit by pitch, Garcia to second
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked, Garcia to third, Abreu to second
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike looking, Delmonico lined out to shortstop
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)