Jon Garland was nearly perfect his last time out.
Garland retired the first 19 batters he faced in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. The 25-year-old right-hander, Chicago’s No. 5 starter, lost his bid for a perfect game when he allowed a walk with one out in the seventh and gave up a single to the next batter.
“If you say you don’t know about it, you’re lying to them,” Garland said. “I knew it was there. Me and (Mark) Buehrle actually said something about it on the bench.
“If it’s meant to happen it’s going to happen. It’s just one of those things.”
Garland, who went 12-11 with a 4.89 ERA last season for Chicago, allowed two earned runs and two hits in seven innings for his second win in as many starts this season.
“I didn’t lose focus,” Garland said. “I just started jumping at the plate a little bit. My mechanics got a little out of whack. I was trying to aim the ball a little bit instead of just throwing it.”
Garland’s outing started a string of four wins in five games for the White Sox. They beat Minnesota 3-1 on Tuesday, completing a two-game sweep of the Twins.
Catcher Ivan Rodriguez did not play Tuesday because of a stiff back. The Tigers are starting a five-game homestand.
This game was to be Detroit slugger Magglio Ordonez’s first against Chicago, where he played his first eight seasons and batted .307 with 187 home runs and 703 RBIs. Ordonez is out for at least four weeks due to hernia surgery.
“I don’t want to see Magglio in the lineup, believe me,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Ordonez was one of the last major free agents to sign in the offseason, inking a five-year, $75 million contract with Detroit. Chicago opted not to offer the outfielder a big contract in part due to the chronic knee problems that plagued Ordonez last season.