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Tigers take Game 2 to halt White Sox’ winning streak at 3

Hector Santiago returned to the Sox but couldn’t contain the Tigers. Dylan Covey was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game.

White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago reacts after walking Detroit Tigers’ John Hicks during the third inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Detroit. (AP)
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DETROIT — An old friend returned to the White Sox on a rainy Tuesday night, attempting to keep a recent Sox phenomenon — a winning streak — intact.

Left-hander Hector Santiago, a June waiver claim making his third tour with the Sox, was summoned from Class AAA Charlotte to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader, but the Tigers, the worst team in baseball, pinned five runs on the 31-year-old in a 10-6 Sox loss.

The result gave the Tigers (33-77) a split for the day and halted the Sox’ three-game winning streak. Santiago lasted 4‰ innings and left in the rain trailing 5-1.

The Sox purchased Santiago’s contract from Charlotte before the first game, reinstated catcher Welington Castillo from the family medical emergency leave list to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader and optioned Dylan Covey, who allowed three runs and six hits in relief of Santiago, to Charlotte after the game.

To make room for Santiago on the 40-man roster, left-hander Manny Banuelos was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Covey made 11 pitches before a one-hour, one-minute rain delay and took the ball again when it stopped raining.

Tigers right-hander Drew VerHagen (2-2), who entered with a whopping 11.66 ERA, held the Sox to a run and seven hits in five innings.

Cordero gets a shot

Jimmy Cordero has upper-90s velocity and an excellent changeup. He also has command issues, which explains his bouncing around from organization to organization. When the Sox claimed him off waivers from the Mariners on June 7, it marked his third move of the season.

“It didn’t feel good,’’ Cordero said. ‘‘I was disappointed because I know the kind of talent I have and the kind of pitcher I can be.

“But I’m grateful for the opportunity I’m getting with the Sox, and I’m taking advantage of it.”

The opportunity includes increased high-leverage situations, and Cordero, 27, has responded with five straight scoreless appearances, including four in a row without a hit. The scoreboard gun at Comerica Park showed 100 mph on one of his pitches in the Sox’ 7-4 win Monday over the Tigers.

“Great life on the fastball, [good] sink,” bullpen coach Curt Hasler said. “And an outstanding changeup that’s a really good weapon for him. It’s not hard to like 97, 98, 99. If you throw that to the glove, I like your odds.”

Cordero’s ERA is 3.24 in eight appearances. He had a 5.22 ERA in 18 appearances with the Nationals in 2018 and appeared in only one game with the Blue Jays this season.

“Sometimes guys’ stuff comes a little later, and you have to be patient,” Hasler said.

Prospect rankings drop

MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings dropped the Sox’ farm system to No. 9 after a No. 4 preseason ranking. “Most top-heavy system in the game with five of the top 43 prospects, but not a lot of clear standouts beyond them,” the report said. The Sox’ top five: center fielder Luis Robert (five), right-hander Michael Kopech (18), first baseman Andrew Vaughn (23), right-hander Dylan Cease (25) and second baseman Nick Madrigal (43).

Marshall’s uniform plan

Right-hander Evan Marshall will have “FORGETTING SARAH” — a reference to a movie — as the nickname on his uniform Aug. 23-25 during Players Weekend.

‘‘It’s ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’; it’s a hilarious movie,” he said. “If they can squeeze it on a jersey, it would be a funny one.”