Dewayne Wise drove in two runs with a single, Alex Rios broke up a double play grounder that turned into the tying and go-ahead runs, and the bullpen pitched five scoreless innings to lead the White Sox to a pivotal 5-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
The victory gave the first-place Sox a three-game lead against the Tigers with 16 to play. The game was a makeup of Thursday’s rained out game.
It was the last game between the Tigers and Sox, who found a way to beat a team that was 12-6 against them this season. The Sox split the four-game series that was interrupted by rain and head to Kansas City with a semi-comfortable lead.
Wise put himself in danger of being a goat when he was thrown out at third by on a fly ball by Avisail Garcia on Adam Dunn’s fly ball that appeared to be a sacrifice fly for an insurance run in the eighth. As Gordon Beckham was heading for home, Wise was thrown out before he crossed for a double play.
In the Tigers ninth, Brett Myers got Quintin Berry on a groundout for the first out. Left-hander Matt Thornton struck out left-handed hitting Andy Dirks for the second out and closer Addison Reed got Austin Jackson on a fly to right for the third out.
The Sox got past a deflating third inning in which the Tigers strung three singles together to start it – including Jackson’s for an RBI. Starter Jose Quintana was on the verge of getting out with one run when he intentionally walked Cabrera and struck out Fielder, but Delmon Young lined a two-strike offspeed pitch into center to score two and make it 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, Youkilis and Dunn struck out with the bases loaded and the Sox did not score.
The Sox did get to Doug Fister in the fourth, however. One out-singles by Rios and Pierzynski and a walk to Viciedo loaded the bases. After Alexei Ramirez lined out softly to shortstop, Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch to score the first Sox run, and Wise followed with a two-out, two-run single to tie the score at 3.
Young struck again in the fifth after Cabrera and Fielder opened with a double and single, respectively, to chase Quintana out of the game. Jones (8-0) came on and allowed a run-scoring single to Jones before getting eight outs in a row.
Thanks to a botched double-play by a Tigers defense that has been a weakness throughout the year, the Sox scored two in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. Dunn singled, Konerko doubled him to third and Rios walked.
After Pierzynski lined out to right, Dunn holding at third, Viciedo hit a double-play ball grounder, but Rios took out second baseman Omar Infante with a hard slide and first baseman Fielder couldn’t scoop Infante’s low throw, which skipped past him allowing Dunn and Konerko to score.