Davidson, Abreu homer as White Sox hold off Tigers, 6-5

DETROIT (AP) The Chicago White Sox haven't had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season.

It isn't because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson.

On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of Chicago's runs in a 6-5 win.

Abreu is hitting .336 with 17 homers in 84 games against the Tigers in his career, while Davidson is at .370 with seven homers in 23 games.

''Baseball is a very complex game,'' Abreu said through a translator. ''(Jordan Zimmermann) had a bad game and we had a good game. He's a good pitcher, but we hit some balls hard off him.''

The White Sox have won two in a row after losing six of seven. They are 3-9 against the Tigers this season.

''We had a good game today, and sometimes things work out your way,'' Abreu said.

The Tigers have lost nine of 12.

Carlos Rodon (4-3) improved to 3-0 in his past seven starts, giving up three runs and five hits and a walk in eight innings. He struck out six in his seventh straight quality start.

Rodon thinks his partnership with catcher Omar Narvaez has played a major role in his hot streak.

''Omar and I are clicking, so our sequencing is good,'' he said. ''I started out throwing sliders in the zone, and once they started swinging, I got them to chase outside the zone.''

Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, the Tigers put their first two runners on, but Jeanmar Gomez struck out James McCann. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Luis Avilan, and Victor Martinez loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single.

Mikie Mahtook grounded into a force at second, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score Detroit's fourth run, and Grayson Greiner's RBI single made it 6-5 with the tying and winning runs on base.

Avilan got Victor Reyes to fly out to shallow center, earning his second save.

''We gave ourselves a chance, which is what you want, but you aren't going to win too many games by having to come from three down in the ninth,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Renteria, who is using several pitchers in save situations, wasn't too worried about the near-miss.

''They hit some balls through the infield, but our guys kept battling,'' he said. ''We did what we needed to do.''

Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) took the loss, allowing six runs and nine hits, including the two home runs. Zimmermann struck out four while falling to 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA in his past six starts.

''I thought I threw a lot of good pitches, but I wasn't putting guys away with two strikes,'' he said. ''I had the four strikeouts, but there were too many times where I left a two-strike pitch over the plate to get hit.''

The White Sox scored twice in the third. With one out, Nicky Delmonico's double put runners on second and third, and Yolmer Sanchez and Abreu followed with RBI singles.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning. Jose Iglesias made it 2-1 with an RBI single before Castellanos put Detroit ahead 3-2 with a two-run single.

Davidson gave the White Sox a 4-3 edge with a fourth-inning homer, and Abreu's home run over the Chicago bullpen made it 6-3 in the fifth.

''You've got to keep the ball in the park,'' Zimmermann said. ''You can survive giving up a lot of base hits, but only if you keep it in the park.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. The team did not announce a corresponding move, but expect to activate OF Leury Garcia (hamstring) from the disabled list before Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Tigers: RHP Artie Lewicki (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday's game and RHP Zac Reininger was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Lewicki was scheduled to start Saturday in Minnesota, but Gardenhire said the Tigers would call up a starter for the game. ... C John Hicks (groin) will undergo season-ending surgery in the next few days.

WHITE SOX LIKE ZIMMERMANN'S STUFF

The White Sox have struggled against Detroit this year, but they've had plenty of success against Zimmermann. In three starts, he is 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.

''The guy has pretty good stuff, and when he commands it, he's obviously very effective,'' Renteria said. ''I wish I could explain it, but that's how baseball works.''

UP NEXT

White Sox: Off on Thursday before starting a weekend home series with the Kansas City Royals. James Shields (4-14, 4.41 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday's opener for the White Sox against Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.82).

Tigers: Travel to Minneapolis for a four-game weekend series with the Minnesota Twins. Francisco Liriano (3-7, 4.42) will pitch for Detroit on Thursday against Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.53).

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
CHW44-76
0022200006121
DET50-71
003000002581
  • W: C. Rodon (4-3)L: J. Zimmermann (5-5)S: L. Avilan (2)
  • HR: CHW - M. Davidson (17), J. Abreu (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Delmonico 1B51100011.221.316.354.6692.5
Y. Sanchez SS51310002.247.301.388.6896.0
J. Abreu DH51331000.268.327.484.81010.0
D. Palka LF50100014.238.280.483.7630.5
R. LaMarre PR-LF00000000.264.313.339.6520.0
A. Garcia RF50000025.239.269.461.730-1.0
O. Narvaez C31100101.282.369.431.8003.0
Y. Moncada 2B40000033.219.301.394.695-1.5
M. Davidson 3B42321011.227.330.455.7859.5
A. Engel CF40000003.221.268.326.5940.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B31000000.229.318.409.7272.0
    J. Iglesias SS40110001.264.306.389.6952.0
    N. Castellanos RF31220101.290.340.488.8286.0
    N. Goodrum 2B41100013.231.299.426.7251.5
    J. McCann DH40000022.223.273.319.592-1.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B30100000.191.240.213.4531.0
    a- V. Martinez PH10100000.244.294.331.6241.0
    M. Gerber PR00000000.133.229.167.3950.0
    M. Mahtook LF31010113.188.238.241.4792.5
    G. Greiner C41210011.255.311.327.6394.5
    V. Reyes CF40000024.220.236.262.499-1.0
    • a-singled for Rodriguez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Delmonico (9), Y. Sanchez (24)
    • HR - J. Abreu (21), M. Davidson (17)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (45), J. Abreu 3 (73), M. Davidson 2 (44)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 2 (2), A. Garcia 4 (4), Y. Moncada, A. Engel
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Greiner (4)
    • RBI - J. Iglesias (48), N. Castellanos 2 (66), M. Mahtook (6), G. Greiner (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Greiner (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Greiner, V. Reyes 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Davidson-Moncada-Delmonico; Sanchez-Moncada-Delmonico; Davidson-Moncada-Delmonico)
    • E - M. Davidson (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Rodriguez (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rodon (W, 4-3)8.05331602.691.0228.0
    J. Gomez (H, 5)0.11221106.751.61-3.5
    L. Avilan (S, 2)0.22000003.471.385.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rodon (W, 4-3)8.0
    J. Gomez (H, 5)0.1
    L. Avilan (S, 2)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)5.09660424.361.26-3.0
    D. VerHagen2.01000205.801.146.0
    L. Coleman1.00001203.501.363.0
    Z. Reininger1.02000009.002.131.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)5.0
    D. VerHagen2.0
    L. Coleman1.0
    Z. Reininger1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Rodon (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 105-68, J. Gomez 14-7, L. Avilan 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-10, L. Avilan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 29, J. Gomez 3, L. Avilan 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - Z. Reininger
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 85-61, D. VerHagen 23-18, L. Coleman 19-10, Z. Reininger 16-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 2-9, D. VerHagen 4-1, Z. Reininger 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 24, D. VerHagen 8, L. Coleman 4, Z. Reininger 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    CHW44-76
    0022200006121
    DET50-71
    003000002581
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Delmonico 1B51100011.221.316.354.6692.5
    Y. Sanchez SS51310002.247.301.388.6896.0
    J. Abreu DH51331000.268.327.484.81010.0
    D. Palka LF50100014.238.280.483.7630.5
    R. LaMarre PR-LF00000000.264.313.339.6520.0
    A. Garcia RF50000025.239.269.461.730-1.0
    O. Narvaez C31100101.282.369.431.8003.0
    Y. Moncada 2B40000033.219.301.394.695-1.5
    M. Davidson 3B42321011.227.330.455.7859.5
    A. Engel CF40000003.221.268.326.5940.0
    Total40612621820-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B31000000.229.318.409.7272.0
      J. Iglesias SS40110001.264.306.389.6952.0
      N. Castellanos RF31220101.290.340.488.8286.0
      N. Goodrum 2B41100013.231.299.426.7251.5
      J. McCann DH40000022.223.273.319.592-1.0
      R. Rodriguez 1B30100000.191.240.213.4531.0
      a- V. Martinez PH10100000.244.294.331.6241.0
      M. Gerber PR00000000.133.229.167.3950.0
      M. Mahtook LF31010113.188.238.241.4792.5
      G. Greiner C41210011.255.311.327.6394.5
      V. Reyes CF40000024.220.236.262.499-1.0
      Total3358502715-----
      • a-singled for Rodriguez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Delmonico (9), Y. Sanchez (24)
      • HR - J. Abreu (21), M. Davidson (17)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (45), J. Abreu 3 (73), M. Davidson 2 (44)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 2 (2), A. Garcia 4 (4), Y. Moncada, A. Engel
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Greiner (4)
      • RBI - J. Iglesias (48), N. Castellanos 2 (66), M. Mahtook (6), G. Greiner (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Greiner (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Greiner, V. Reyes 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Davidson-Moncada-Delmonico; Sanchez-Moncada-Delmonico; Davidson-Moncada-Delmonico)
      • E - M. Davidson (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Rodriguez (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (W, 4-3)8.05331602.691.0228.0
      J. Gomez (H, 5)0.11221106.751.61-3.5
      L. Avilan (S, 2)0.22000003.471.385.0
      Total9.0855270---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (W, 4-3)8.0
      J. Gomez (H, 5)0.1
      L. Avilan (S, 2)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)5.09660424.361.26-3.0
      D. VerHagen2.01000205.801.146.0
      L. Coleman1.00001203.501.363.0
      Z. Reininger1.02000009.002.131.0
      Total9.01266182---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 5-5)5.0
      D. VerHagen2.0
      L. Coleman1.0
      Z. Reininger1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Rodon (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 105-68, J. Gomez 14-7, L. Avilan 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-10, L. Avilan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 29, J. Gomez 3, L. Avilan 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. Reininger
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 85-61, D. VerHagen 23-18, L. Coleman 19-10, Z. Reininger 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 2-9, D. VerHagen 4-1, Z. Reininger 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 24, D. VerHagen 8, L. Coleman 4, Z. Reininger 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Greiner singled to left, Goodrum scored, Mahtook to second65
        Mahtook reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos scored, Goodrum to third, Gerber out at second64
      • 5TH INNING
        Abreu homered to left center, Sanchez scored63
      • 4TH INNING
        Davidson homered to left, Narvaez scored43
      • 3RD INNING
        Castellanos singled to shallow left, Greiner and Candelario scored, Iglesias to second23
        Iglesias singled to left center, Mahtook scored, Greiner to third, Candelario to second21
        Abreu reached on an infield single to third, Delmonico scored, Sanchez to second20
        Sanchez singled to center, Davidson scored, Delmonico to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Zac Reininger relieved Louis Coleman
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike looking, Delmonico flied out to left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez singled to right
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Abreu singled to right center, Sanchez to third
        • D. Palka: Palka reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Sanchez out at home, Abreu to second
        • Ryan LaMarre ran for Daniel Palka
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Abreu to third, LaMarre to second on wild pitch, Garcia flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Carlos Rodon
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodrum reached on an infield single to second, Castellanos to second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Victor Martinez hit for Ronny Rodriguez
        • Luis Avilan relieved Jeanmar Gomez
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to right, Castellanos to third, Goodrum to second
        • Mike Gerber ran for Victor Martinez
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Mahtook reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos scored, Goodrum to third, Gerber out at second
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Greiner singled to left, Goodrum scored, Mahtook to second
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Louis Coleman relieved Drew VerHagen
        • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
        • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Engel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Candelario lined out to center
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to center
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez singled to shallow left
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Greiner flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Davidson singled to right center
        • A. Engel: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Engel lined out to center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico safe at first on 2nd baseman Rodriguez fielding error, Davidson to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Delmonico out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias lined out to first
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos singled to left
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded into double play third to second to first, Castellanos out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez doubled to left center
        • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to left center, Sanchez scored
        • D. Palka: Ball, Palka grounded out to first
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Narvaez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes flied out to center
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez singled to left
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Davidson homered to left, Narvaez scored
        • A. Engel: Ball, Engel flied out to left
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Foul, Delmonico fouled out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, McCann grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to right
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Foul, Davidson singled to left
        • A. Engel: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel flied out to center
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Delmonico doubled to deep right center, Davidson to third
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez singled to center, Davidson scored, Delmonico to third
        • J. Abreu: Strike (foul tip), Abreu reached on an infield single to third, Delmonico scored, Sanchez to second
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Palka reached on fielder's choice to first, Sanchez to third, Abreu out at second
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner doubled to deep left, Mahtook to third
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Candelario hit by pitch
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias singled to left center, Mahtook scored, Greiner to third, Candelario to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos singled to shallow left, Greiner and Candelario scored, Iglesias to second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castellanos out at second
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Palka singled to right
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia fouled out to first
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Narvaez lined out to second
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Moncada fouled out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez lined out to left
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario safe at first on 3rd baseman Davidson throwing error
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias flied out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos grounded into double play third to second to first, Candelario out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)