Chicago (3-4) at Detroit (5-2)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Wed Apr 12, 2006
  • TV: CSN
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The Chicago White Sox offense is finding its power, and first baseman Paul Konerko attributes that to the starting pitching.

The White Sox look to win their third straight game Wednesday when they continue their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

After hitting only three home runs in their first six games, the White Sox (3-4) hit three homers in Monday’s 5-3 win over the Tigers (5-2).

“Every time we get a good game from our starters, rarely do we end up with a loss,” said Konerko, who hit his first home run of the season Monday. “Some teams feed off their offense. Our team feeds off its pitching. There’s no doubt about that.”

Freddy Garcia gave up three runs and five hits over six innings for his 100th career win Monday, and right-hander Jose Contreras will make his second start of the season.

The White Sox were fourth in the AL with 200 home runs last year, their sixth straight year with 200 or more.

Jim Thome, who was acquired from Philadelphia in November, hit his fourth home run Monday, and was the only White Sox player with a homer until Joe Crede’s sixth-inning two-run shot.

“At the end of the year, he might have more home runs than the rest of us put together, but we’ll give it our best shot,” Konerko said of Thome. “Jimmy’s really the only guy in the lineup that’s a home run hitter. He’s proven that over the years.”

Thome has homered in consecutive games, and his 43 homers in 423 career at-bats against the Tigers are his most against any opponent.

Crede has 10 home runs in 93 career at-bats at Detroit, the most by any visiting player to Comerica Park, but is just 2-for-10 lifetime against Wednesday’s starter Nate Robertson.

Konerko has nine homers at Comerica Park, and is 9-for-27 against Robertson with three homers and seven RBIs.

The White Sox have won 15 of their last 20 over the Tigers, outscoring them 104-55.

“Maybe they’ve just got the itch when it comes to Tigers pitching,” Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge said. “I can’t figure it out. I’m waiting for them to go into a slump against us, for crying out loud.”

Robertson got the win in his season opener Thursday against the Rangers, allowing three earned runs in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander was 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts against the White Sox last season, and was 3-6 with a 3.17 ERA at home in 2005.

Contreras had a rough first inning in his first start of the season last Wednesday, allowing two runs on 37 pitches to the Indians, but settled down to pitch six innings and did not allow another run after the first. Contreras was 2-1 in four starts with a 4.39 ERA last season against the Tigers and is 5-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 lifetime starts against Detroit.

First baseman Chris Shelton had an RBI double for the Tigers, and after going 14-for-20 in his first five games with five homers and 10 RBIs, he’s just 1-for-8 in his last two games.

Detroit has lost its last two following a 5-0 start under new manager Jim Leyland, and has scored just six total runs in those losses after averaging 7.8 runs in its first five games.

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J. Contreras Tex vs. N. Robertson Det
13-9 Record 13-13
4.27 ERA 3.84
134 K 137
55 BB 67
1.27 WHIP 1.31