Chicago acquired Contreras from the New York Yankees in exchange for Esteban Loaiza at the end of July. After going 4-1 in his first six starts for the White Sox, Contreras has lost his last four decisions and hasn’t won since Aug. 28 at Cleveland. He has a 10.72 ERA in five starts this month.
“It’s very hard to win in this league if you can’t throw strikes. Right now he needs to find the strike zone a little more and he can be a very special pitcher,” Chicago Manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Cuban born pitcher hopes to get back on track against Detroit. Contreras has a 3-1 record with 35 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA in six career starts against the Tigers.
Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Detroit got three hits in a 5-2 victory over Chicago that snapped a five-game losing streak.
“Just stop the bleeding. Feels like it’s been awhile,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
The Tigers, coming off consecutive shutout losses in Baltimore, stopped a 22-inning scoreless streak in the second when Carlos Pena walked, Craig Monroe tripled and Smith drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.
Esteban Yan, Detroit’s fourth pitcher, got two outs for his sixth save, completing a six-hitter.
“We just left the bats in Chicago. We packed the wrong bats,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Joe Crede homered, giving Chicago six players with 20 homers for the first time in franchise history. He joins teammates Paul Konerko (40), Carlos Lee (29), Jose Valentin (29), Aaron Rowand (22) and Juan Uribe (21).
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