Hardy pitches Tigers to 3-2 win over White Sox

DETROIT (AP) Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire knew he was going to have to make some pitching decisions Sunday with long reliever Blaine Hardy on the mound.

He didn't expect the call would be whether Hardy should stay in for the eighth inning.

Hardy pitched a career-high seven innings, leading the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the lowly Chicago White Sox.

''Did I expect this? No chance,'' said Hardy, who had never pitched more than five innings during his major league career. ''I was hoping I could get through five and turn the game over to the bullpen.''

Hardy allowed one run and three hits, struck out six and walked one in his third start of the season. The 31-year-old left-hander is helping out in the rotation while Jordan Zimmermann is out with a shoulder issue.

With temperatures approaching 90 degrees, Hardy said he had to adjust to the heat.

''I was already trying to catch my breath in the first inning, because it was so hot,'' he said. ''But once I got through five, I felt good enough to go back out there, and I still felt good after six. I was OK with not going out there for the eighth, though.''

Hardy retired his last 14 batters. He is 3-0 in 63 appearances over the past three seasons.

''It was huge for this ballclub to have Blaine go out there and do that for us,'' Gardenhire said. ''We thought about sending him back out there, but we thought we had a better option.''

After seven innings of Hardy's cutters and changeups, hard-throwing Joe Jimenez struck out the side on 12 pitches in the eighth.

''I was laughing in the dugout, because I might have hit 86 or 87 a couple times, and Joe comes in throwing 97,'' Hardy said. ''They didn't really have a chance.''

Shane Greene allowed Jose Rondon's homer in the ninth before finishing for his 13th save.

The last-place White Sox (16-34) lost for the third time in four games.

''I wish I could change our record for everybody, but I can't worry about that,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''I have to worry about how we are progressing from game to game.''

James Shields (1-5) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.

''I was grinding out there,'' he said. ''I had too many walks. Every one of them scored, and that's something I should be able to control.''

The Tigers jumped in front on Grayson Greiner's one-out RBI double in the second, but Shields prevented a bigger inning by picking John Hicks off third and retiring Jose Iglesias.

Yolmer Sanchez hit a tying RBI triple with one out in the third, and the White Sox appeared to add another run when Rondon swung at a two-strike wild pitch with two out. He reached first and Sanchez scored, but umpire Pat Hoberg ruled Rondon out for hitting Greiner's helmet with his backswing.

Dixon Machado put Detroit ahead to stay with a fifth-inning RBI single, ending a 0-for-16 stretch, and Nicholas Castellanos added his own RBI single two batters later. Jeimer Candelario walked to load the bases with two out, but Victor Martinez flew out to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Danny Farquhar, who will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a brain hemorrhage on April 20, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before Chicago's game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera took batting practice and fielded groundballs at first. The Tigers are hoping he can play this week after being out since May 4 with a hamstring strain.

BOBBLEHEAD DAY

Castellanos went 1 for 4 with much of his family in the stands for his bobblehead day. His father told the local TV broadcast he paid for his own ticket, but Castellanos was quick to clear that up.

''I just want everyone who saw that to know my dad's a liar,'' he said with a smile. ''He has never paid for a ticket since I became a professional baseball player and he never will. I wouldn't be here if he hadn't signed me up for T-ball and supported me the whole way.''

UP NEXT

White Sox: Play a Monday afternoon game for the opener of a three-game set at Cleveland. Dylan Covey (1-0, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to start for Chicago against Adam Plutko (1-0, 2.03 ERA).

Tigers: Open a four-game home series with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 3.29 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener against Tyler Skaggs (3-3, 3.11 ERA) of the Angels.

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  • W: B. Hardy (1-0)L: J. Shields (1-5)S: S. Greene (13)
  • HR: CHW - J. Rondon (3)
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T. Anderson SS31000110.242.308.444.7521.5
Y. Sanchez 3B40210010.277.315.408.7226.5
J. Abreu 1B40000012.313.375.549.924-0.5
J. Rondon DH41111012.258.303.613.9165.5
D. Palka RF40200010.281.304.528.8323.5
C. Tilson PR00000000.143.143.143.2860.0
Y. Moncada 2B40000032.247.330.452.782-1.5
A. Engel CF30000001.213.279.276.5540.0
T. Thompson LF30000011.128.160.269.430-0.5
O. Narvaez C30000010.174.278.232.510-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000022.252.312.421.734-1.0
    N. Castellanos RF40110000.323.368.503.8712.0
    J. Candelario 3B30000120.272.361.519.8800.0
    V. Martinez DH31100103.245.309.365.6743.0
    V. Reyes PR-DH00000000.118.118.118.2350.0
    J. Hicks 1B40100002.280.328.475.8031.0
    J. Jones LF31100012.228.272.370.6421.5
    G. Greiner C21110100.304.346.391.7375.0
    J. Iglesias SS30000003.246.300.366.6660.0
    D. Machado 2B30110000.209.261.282.5442.0
      BATTING
      • 3B - Y. Sanchez (5)
      • HR - J. Rondon (3)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (23), J. Rondon (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Rondon (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Greiner (2)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (28), G. Greiner (4), D. Machado (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Sanchez (4), D. Palka (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - J. Hicks
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields (L, 1-5)7.05333404.541.2510.0
      A. Bummer1.01000103.001.562.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields (L, 1-5)7.0
      A. Bummer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Hardy (W, 1-0)7.03111602.701.1529.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 10)1.00000302.551.184.5
      S. Greene (S, 13)1.02110114.071.327.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Hardy (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 10)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 13)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Bummer (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 97-61, A. Bummer 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 3-13, A. Bummer 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, A. Bummer 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 85-55, J. Jimenez 12-10, S. Greene 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 8-7, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 25, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      001000001250
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Anderson SS31000110.242.308.444.7521.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B40210010.277.315.408.7226.5
      J. Abreu 1B40000012.313.375.549.924-0.5
      J. Rondon DH41111012.258.303.613.9165.5
      D. Palka RF40200010.281.304.528.8323.5
      C. Tilson PR00000000.143.143.143.2860.0
      Y. Moncada 2B40000032.247.330.452.782-1.5
      A. Engel CF30000001.213.279.276.5540.0
      T. Thompson LF30000011.128.160.269.430-0.5
      O. Narvaez C30000010.174.278.232.510-0.5
      Total3225211108-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF40000022.252.312.421.734-1.0
        N. Castellanos RF40110000.323.368.503.8712.0
        J. Candelario 3B30000120.272.361.519.8800.0
        V. Martinez DH31100103.245.309.365.6743.0
        V. Reyes PR-DH00000000.118.118.118.2350.0
        J. Hicks 1B40100002.280.328.475.8031.0
        J. Jones LF31100012.228.272.370.6421.5
        G. Greiner C21110100.304.346.391.7375.0
        J. Iglesias SS30000003.246.300.366.6660.0
        D. Machado 2B30110000.209.261.282.5442.0
        Total2936303512-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - Y. Sanchez (5)
          • HR - J. Rondon (3)
          • RBI - Y. Sanchez (23), J. Rondon (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Rondon (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Greiner (2)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (28), G. Greiner (4), D. Machado (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - Y. Sanchez (4), D. Palka (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - J. Hicks
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Anderson-Moncada-Abreu)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Shields (L, 1-5)7.05333404.541.2510.0
          A. Bummer1.01000103.001.562.5
          Total8.0633350---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Shields (L, 1-5)7.0
          A. Bummer1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Hardy (W, 1-0)7.03111602.701.1529.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 10)1.00000302.551.184.5
          S. Greene (S, 13)1.02110114.071.327.5
          Total9.05221101---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Hardy (W, 1-0)7.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 10)1.0
          S. Greene (S, 13)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Bummer (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 97-61, A. Bummer 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 3-13, A. Bummer 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, A. Bummer 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Hardy 85-55, J. Jimenez 12-10, S. Greene 20-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Hardy 8-7, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Hardy 25, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Rondon homered to left23
          • 5TH INNING
            Castellanos singled to left, Greiner scored, Machado to third, Castellanos to second13
            Machado singled to center, Jones scored, Greiner to second12
          • 3RD INNING
            Sanchez tripled to right, Anderson scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Greiner doubled to left, Martinez scored, Hicks to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Abreu flied out to center
            • J. Rondon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rondon homered to left
            • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Palka reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Charlie Tilson ran for Daniel Palka
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Blaine Hardy
            • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Aaron Bummer relieved James Shields
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to right, Candelario to third
            • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
            • J. Hicks: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Hicks grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reyes out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Palka grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias lined out to left
            • D. Machado: Foul, Machado flied out to left
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to first
            • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Hicks grounded out to second
            • J. Jones: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • T. Thompson: Ball, Thompson grounded out to third
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez lined out to left
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones singled to center
            • G. Greiner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked, Jones to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias popped out to second
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Machado singled to center, Jones scored, Greiner to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin popped out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to left, Greiner scored, Machado to third, Castellanos to second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
            • Y. Moncada: Moncada grounded out to third
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Engel grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Martinez flied out to left
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hicks lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Narvaez flied out to center
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez tripled to right, Anderson scored
            • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded out to second
            • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado lined out to center
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Palka singled to deep right
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • A. Engel: Ball, Palka stole second, Engel popped out to third
            • T. Thompson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Thompson grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to left, Martinez to second
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones flied out to center
            • G. Greiner: Greiner doubled to left, Martinez scored, Hicks to third
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Hicks picked off at third, pitcher to third, Iglesias flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson flied out to center
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sanchez stole second
            • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shields Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to deep center
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)