Davidson, Palka homer in 9th to lift White Sox over Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) Matt Davidson, Daniel Palka and the Chicago White Sox struck late - and quickly - to pull out another victory.

Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Monday for their eighth win in 11 games.

Davidson hit his 20th homer into the left-field bullpen on the first pitch his saw from Detroit closer Shane Greene (2-6) after Welington Castillo singled. Daniel Palka's 21st homer to lead off the ninth tied it at 2.

The rebuilding White Sox are finding ways to win down the stretch, even if they're all but eliminated from postseason contention.

''Everything's kind of clicking together,'' Davidson said. ''Late August and September obviously can be long, so when you win, it's a lot of fun. It makes the days go by a little bit quicker, and we're just enjoying it.''

The left-handed hitting Palka went deep for the second straight day and leads the major with six homers in the ninth. This time he hit a shot to deep left-center.

''Who knows why he's able to do that,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''He seems to bear down, and he got a pitch he could handle and drove it the other way.''

Victor Martinez homered deep to left with one out in the top of the ninth off Jace Fry (2-2) to put Detroit ahead 2-1. Greene then failed to retire a batter in the ninth as he blew his fifth save.

''It happened,'' said Martinez, who sat out Sunday in New York and was questionable for this one with flu-like symptoms. ''Shane has been doing great for us all year long and he's only human.''

Greene tried to preserve a one-run lead after throwing 30 pitches in the ninth inning in New York against the Yankees on Sunday. Before that, the right-hander tossed 14 against the Yankees on Thursday in earning his 28th save.

''He's thrown one time in four days,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He's our closer. He gets the ball. He just made two bad pitches.''

Niko Goodrum's solo shot in the seventh tied it 1-all after Chicago's Nicky Delmonico homered to lead off the game for Chicago.

Both starters, Chicago's Reynaldo Lopez and Detroit's Michael Fulmer, were strong in no decisions.

Lopez yielded just one run on four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He was sailing along with a shutout in his third straight solid start until Goodrum homered.

Fulmer allowed only one hit - Delmonico's lead-off homer - before leaving with two outs in the sixth after being struck by Palka's sharp comebacker. The Tigers said the right-hander has a right shin contusion and is day-to-day.

Fulmer crumpled to the ground after being hit by Palka's smash, and the ball deflected to Goodrum who stepped on first to record the out. After being tended to by a trainer, Fulmer walked off the field slowly and was replaced by Drew VerHagen.

Fulmer, who hasn't won since June 14, walked four and struck out five in one of his best performances this season.

PROSPECTING

White Sox GM Rick Hahn doesn't want to rush top prospect Eloy Jimenez and that's he why didn't call up the 21-year-old outfielder when rosters expanded Saturday. But Hahn said Jimenez ''is very well positioned to make a significant impact at the big-league level at age 22 next year.''

Jimenez is hitting .355 with 12 homers with 33 RBIs in 55 games at Triple-A Charlotte. The Dominican Republic native started the season at Double-A Birmingham.

Hahn said not calling up Jimenez in September had nothing to do with service time and potential free agency.

If the outfielder were recalled now, he would be eligible to file for free agency entering 2025. If Jimenez spends the first 20 days of the 2019 season on optional assignment, his free agency would be delayed until after 2025. That means April 17, 2019, would be the earliest the White Sox could call up Jimenez and retain control of him through 2025.

CHISOX ROSTER MOVES

White Sox C Castillo (right shoulder) came off the disabled list and made his first appearance since May 23. During most of his absence Castillo was serving an 80 game-suspension, handed out on May 24 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. ... Chicago also recalled OF Ryan Cordell from Triple-A Charlotte.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said LHP Daniel Norris is fine after suffering a left calf cramp in New York on Saturday and leaving the game in the fifth inning.

White Sox: 1B/DH Jose Abreu returned the clubhouse after undergoing lower-abdominal/groin surgery on Aug. 21. Hahn said the slugger, who leads Chicago with 22 homers and 78 RBIs, could return by mid-September. ... OF Ryan LaMarre (right hip soreness) was available off the bench. ... RF Avisail Garcia (right knee soreness) was out of the lineup for a second straight day and is day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano (3-9, 4.96) faces Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.66) in the second game of the three-game set on Tuesday night. Liriano has lost eight straight and not won since April 28. In his last four starts, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA.

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  • W: J. Fry (2-2)L: S. Greene (2-6)
  • HR: DET - V. Martinez (9), N. Goodrum (16), CHW - M. Davidson (20), N. Delmonico (8), D. Palka (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B40100011.224.311.397.7080.5
J. Jones CF30100011.211.265.373.6381.5
N. Castellanos RF40000024.291.345.489.834-1.0
V. Martinez DH41111012.251.298.357.6555.5
N. Goodrum 1B41111010.234.306.434.7405.5
J. McCann C40000010.219.267.314.581-0.5
R. Rodriguez SS30000000.215.250.311.5610.0
D. Lugo 2B30000000.350.350.400.7500.0
V. Reyes LF30100010.230.246.306.5522.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Delmonico LF41111020.223.309.403.7125.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B30000100.250.317.379.6971.0
    O. Narvaez DH30000120.280.372.427.7990.0
    D. Palka RF41111002.236.282.476.7576.0
    W. Castillo C40100010.267.307.458.7650.5
    R. Cordell PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    M. Davidson 1B31121100.240.333.466.7998.0
    Y. Moncada 2B20000101.224.305.397.7021.0
    T. Anderson SS30100012.249.292.425.7171.5
    A. Engel CF30000021.236.276.338.614-1.0
      BATTING
      • 3B - V. Reyes (3)
      • HR - V. Martinez (9), N. Goodrum (16)
      • RBI - V. Martinez (49), N. Goodrum (45)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), V. Martinez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Anderson (27)
      • HR - N. Delmonico (8), D. Palka (21), M. Davidson (20)
      • RBI - N. Delmonico (24), D. Palka (55), M. Davidson 2 (58)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Palka 2 (2), T. Anderson 2 (2), A. Engel
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer5.21114514.571.3011.5
      D. VerHagen0.10000004.961.180.0
      B. Hardy2.01000303.811.186.5
      S. Greene (L, 2-6) (BS, 5)0.03330024.721.34-11.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer5.2
      D. VerHagen0.1
      B. Hardy2.0
      S. Greene (L, 2-6) (BS, 5)0.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez7.04110614.371.3322.0
      I. Hamilton1.10000200.000.004.0
      J. Fry (W, 2-2)0.21110013.860.995.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez7.0
      I. Hamilton1.1
      J. Fry (W, 2-2)0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 96-58, D. VerHagen 7-4, B. Hardy 28-19, S. Greene 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-4, B. Hardy 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 22, D. VerHagen, B. Hardy 7, S. Greene 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Lopez (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 98-63, I. Hamilton 14-11, J. Fry 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-11, I. Hamilton 2-0, J. Fry 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 26, I. Hamilton 4, J. Fry 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET55-83
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B40100011.224.311.397.7080.5
      J. Jones CF30100011.211.265.373.6381.5
      N. Castellanos RF40000024.291.345.489.834-1.0
      V. Martinez DH41111012.251.298.357.6555.5
      N. Goodrum 1B41111010.234.306.434.7405.5
      J. McCann C40000010.219.267.314.581-0.5
      R. Rodriguez SS30000000.215.250.311.5610.0
      D. Lugo 2B30000000.350.350.400.7500.0
      V. Reyes LF30100010.230.246.306.5522.5
      Total322522088-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        N. Delmonico LF41111020.223.309.403.7125.0
        Y. Sanchez 3B30000100.250.317.379.6971.0
        O. Narvaez DH30000120.280.372.427.7990.0
        D. Palka RF41111002.236.282.476.7576.0
        W. Castillo C40100010.267.307.458.7650.5
        R. Cordell PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
        M. Davidson 1B31121100.240.333.466.7998.0
        Y. Moncada 2B20000101.224.305.397.7021.0
        T. Anderson SS30100012.249.292.425.7171.5
        A. Engel CF30000021.236.276.338.614-1.0
        Total294543486-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - V. Reyes (3)
          • HR - V. Martinez (9), N. Goodrum (16)
          • RBI - V. Martinez (49), N. Goodrum (45)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), V. Martinez 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Anderson (27)
          • HR - N. Delmonico (8), D. Palka (21), M. Davidson (20)
          • RBI - N. Delmonico (24), D. Palka (55), M. Davidson 2 (58)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Palka 2 (2), T. Anderson 2 (2), A. Engel
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fulmer5.21114514.571.3011.5
          D. VerHagen0.10000004.961.180.0
          B. Hardy2.01000303.811.186.5
          S. Greene (L, 2-6) (BS, 5)0.03330024.721.34-11.0
          Total8.0544483---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fulmer5.2
          D. VerHagen0.1
          B. Hardy2.0
          S. Greene (L, 2-6) (BS, 5)0.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Lopez7.04110614.371.3322.0
          I. Hamilton1.10000200.000.004.0
          J. Fry (W, 2-2)0.21110013.860.995.0
          Total9.0522082---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Lopez7.0
          I. Hamilton1.1
          J. Fry (W, 2-2)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 96-58, D. VerHagen 7-4, B. Hardy 28-19, S. Greene 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 8-4, B. Hardy 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 22, D. VerHagen, B. Hardy 7, S. Greene 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - R. Lopez (10)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 98-63, I. Hamilton 14-11, J. Fry 16-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-11, I. Hamilton 2-0, J. Fry 2-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 26, I. Hamilton 4, J. Fry 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Davidson homered to left, Cordell scored24
            Palka homered to left center22
            Martinez homered to left21
          • 7TH INNING
            Goodrum homered to center11
          • 1ST INNING
            Delmonico homered to center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • I. Hamilton Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Jace Fry relieved Ian Hamilton
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez homered to left
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to third
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Blaine Hardy
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Palka homered to left center
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castillo singled to right
            • Ryan Cordell ran for Welington Castillo
            • M. Davidson: Davidson homered to left, Cordell scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ian Hamilton relieved Reynaldo Lopez
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to first
            • J. Jones: Jones grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Hardy Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez lined out to right
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum homered to center
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez lined out to left
            • D. Lugo: Lugo lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Drew VerHagen
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson lined out to shortstop
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson doubled to shallow right
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Engel struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Jones: Foul, Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Castellanos flied out to deep right
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Palka lined out to pitcher
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Michael Fulmer
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castillo flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lugo grounded out to third
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • N. Delmonico: Delmonico grounded out to first
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum flied out to deep center
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
            • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davidson walked
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada flied out to deep center
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Anderson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Davidson out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Lugo popped out to shortstop
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Reyes tripled to left center
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jones hit by pitch
            • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Narvaez walked, Sanchez to second
            • D. Palka: Palka grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Narvaez out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann flied out to deep left
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez popped out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • W. Castillo: Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo lined out to center
            • M. Davidson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davidson grounded out to second
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario singled to left
            • J. Jones: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to center
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Delmonico homered to center
            • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to right
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Narvaez lined out to center
            • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Ball, Palka grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)