Bryan Holaday stung the White Sox with a bunt single that pushed in the winning run Tuesday night. About 16 hours later, the backup catcher got them again with a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning as the Detroit Tigers completed a two-game series sweep with a 5-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings, and the Tigers did not allow the Sox to score until Tyler Flowers drove in a run with a two-out single against Evan Reed in the ninth inning.
Alexei Ramirez singled against Scherzer in the fourth inning for his 40th hit, a Sox record for hits before May. Paul Konerko had 39 hits in April, 2002.
“He congratulated me in front of the dugout so I kind of lifted my helmet up and said ‘Thanks,’ said. Ramirez, an historically poor starter in April who went into the game leading the American League in hitting and finished the month with a .351 average.
The Sox finished April with a 14-15 record. The Tigers are 14-9.
“You’d like it to be better, obviously,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “When you’re dealing with injuries and stuff like that, at least you’re still in the mix. Guys offensively had a good month and you just want to keep that up and play better. [But] you want to win more games.’’
Hector Noesi (0-2) started and faced one batter over the minimum through the first three innings before the Tigers scored four times on four hits in the fourth. Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos each scored a run with a sacrifice fly.
With three-fifths of his starting rotation that began the season either on the disabled list (Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino) or in the minor leagues (Erik Johnson) manager Robin Ventura was forced to start Noesi, a waiver claim from the Texas Rangers who hadn’t started since last May. Ventura was hoping to get five innings from Noesi. Jake Petricka pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Noesi, and Zach Putnam pitched one scoreless.
Scherzer (3-1, 2.08 ERA) struck out seven, walked three and allowed four hits.
“He’s great, he’s always tough,’’ Ventura said. “You get some guys on, you get opportunities and that’s when good pitchers really show their stuff. He did that today.’’
The Sox have an off day Thursday before opening a three-game series in Cleveland this weekend.