A 20-game winner last season, Colon hasn’t won since June 7 at Los Angeles. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in his last five starts.
The Dominican native was on his way to ending the drought Friday, but the bullpen blew the save as the White Sox went on to lose 4-3 at Tampa Bay. He threw 119 pitches, allowing one run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, and departed with a 2-1 lead.
“He threw the ball well,” White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. “He kept the tempo and went after the hitters a bit tonight. He just had a high pitch count.”
Colon beat the Tigers 3-2 at Comerica Park on April 13, allowing two earned runs and six hits while striking out nine in seven innings. He improved to 8-3 all-time against the Tigers with a 3.98 ERA in 13 starts.
The White Sox wasted a solid pitching performance by Jon Garland on Tuesday, dropping the opener 2-1. Garland gave up both runs and six hits in seven innings as Chicago lost for the third time in four games.
Magglio Ordonez was ejected in the ninth inning by plate umpire Chris Guccione for arguing after he struck out on a checked-swing, but finished 2-for-4. He is batting .346 (9-for-26) over his last seven games with four homers and six RBIs.
The Tigers, still with the majors’ worst record, won for only the second time in six games.
Carlos Pena hit a solo home run for Detroit. The first baseman is batting .333 (12-for-36) in 10 games since returning from a strained hamstring injury.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 5 GB, AL Central. Tigers - 5th place, 25 1/2 GB, AL Central.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Jeremy Bonderman (2-13, 5.01 ERA). Despite allowing three earned runs or fewer in 12 of 17 starts this season, Bonderman leads the majors in losses. The rookie right-hander has gotten just 2.88 runs of support in his starts. Since picking up his second win of the season in a 7-3 home victory over the Devil Rays, Bonderman has lost nine in a row, including Thursday’s 3-2 defeat at Kansas City. He went 6 1-3 innings, surrendering three earned runs and six hits while striking out seven. Bonderman, who faces the White Sox for the first time, is 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA at home this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Ordonez, .287 avg.; Frank Thomas, 20 HRs; Carl Everett, 52 RBIs and 55 runs; Carlos Lee, 8 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .290 avg., 17 HRs, 47 RBIs and 45 runs; Alex Sanchez, 15 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: White Sox, 6-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - The White Sox didn’t homer Tuesday. They had homered in nine straight games, hitting 22 in that span. … OF Everett didn’t start Tuesday for the first time since the White Sox acquired him from Texas on July 1. He was 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter. … DH Thomas has four homers and 11 RBIs over his last 10 games. Tigers - 1B Pena hit .235 with six homers in 49 games before going on the DL June 2. … OF Young was 0-for-3 Tuesday, but is batting .340 (18-for-53) over his last 14 games. … The Tigers have an AL-low 282 runs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 17-27 on the road; Tigers - 9-33 at home.
INJURIES: White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL. Tigers - OF Bobby Higginson (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder/neck), 60-day DL.