After a disappointing finish to their 10-game road trip, the Chicago White Sox opened their 10-game homestand in impressive fashion.
The AL Central-leading White Sox look to build on a thrilling comeback victory when they continue their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Chicago (62-49) began last week’s trip with consecutive wins at Detroit (55-57), but went on to win just two of the final eight games.
The White Sox put most of that frustration behind them in Tuesday’s series-opening 10-8 victory over the Tigers, as Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning.
Chicago rallied for four runs in the 14th after Detroit had taken an 8-6 lead in the top of the inning on Placido Polanco’s second homer of the game. The White Sox also trailed 6-1 after 4 1/2, but Alexei Ramirez’s two-out homer in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at 6.
“We scratched and we clawed and we pulled some runs together,” said Swisher, who entered in the 11th. “I’ve been talking about that all year long, the will to fight.”
The White Sox moved into a one-game lead in the division over second-place Minnesota. The third-place Tigers, meanwhile, dropped 7 1/2 games out of first.
Chicago is a major league-best 24-7 at home since May 25, while Detroit has dropped its last five - all on the road.
Detroit’s bullpen was again the culprit Tuesday. Tigers relievers are 22-for-42 in save situations and have yielded 17 runs in 21 innings during the team’s skid.
Curtis Granderson homered in his second consecutive game Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. Granderson is batting .348 (23-for-66) during the streak, but he’s 0-for-9 in his career against John Danks (8-4, 3.31 ERA), Wednesday’s scheduled starter.
Danks has won his last five decisions and hasn’t lost since May 24, but he hasn’t been sharp lately.
The left-hander went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his final six starts before the All-Star break, but he has a 7.88 ERA in his last three starts, with the White Sox losing two of them.
The only win in that span came at Comerica Park on July 26, when Danks gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 7-6 victory. He’s 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in four career starts versus the Tigers.
On Thursday, Danks pitched six innings and gave up four runs and eight hits in Chicago’s 10-6 loss to Minnesota.
The Tigers will counter with Justin Verlander (8-11, 4.49), who looks to avoid dropping his third straight start.
After being pounded for seven runs and nine hits in four innings of the July 26 loss to the White Sox, the right-hander gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-4 defeat to Cleveland on Thursday. He was 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his previous eight starts.
“He’s a big concern,” manager Jim Leyland told the team’s official Web site. “He’s got to figure some things out.”
Verlander is still seeking his first win at U.S. Cellular Field, as he’s 0-4 with a 6.19 ERA in six starts at Chicago. Verlander is 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this season.
White Sox All-Star Carlos Quentin had four hits Tuesday, including his AL-leading 29th home run, and is batting .393 (11-for-28) with five home runs and eight RBIs in his last seven home games.