Crede hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 12th inning and the White Sox snapped the Detroit Tigers’ three-game winning streak with an 8-5 victory Sunday.
The White Sox salvaged the final game of a three-game series against the worst team in the majors. Chicago begins a 14-game road trip Monday in Toronto.
“It’s good to get a win on the last game of a homestand before you go on to a long road trip. It gives us a little momentum,” said Crede. “It would have been a tough loss to handle.”
Carlos Lee hit his seventh career grand slam for the White Sox.
Chicago got some help from an error by third baseman Eric Munson in the winning rally. With two outs and nobody on in the 12th, Tony Graffanino hit a routine grounder to Munson, who overthrew first baseman Carlos Pena for a two-base error.
“I have to go on track record. Joe Crede is just starting his career, Paul Konerko is already established,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “If he (Sparks) would’ve said I want to pitch to him I was going to veto him.”
Gary Glover (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th inning to earn the victory.
“I don’t think nobody in baseball is struggling like we are,” Chicago’s Jose Valentin said. “Sooner or later these things need to change. There is no way we are going to be struggling like the way we are right now.”
Lee followed with his second grand slam of the season to left field, giving the White Sox a 4-3 lead.
Valentin walked, stole second in the sixth and later scored on Borchard’s sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 5-3.
Bernero allowed five runs and six hits in six innings. The Tigers have lost all 10 of Bernero’s starts.
White Sox starter Danny Wright pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and six hits.
Chicago’s Frank Thomas is 5-for-33 (.152) with runners in scoring position and is in a 4-for-30 slump. … Wunsch gave up his first earned runs of the season in the eighth. He’s made 18 appearances this season. … The White Sox are 2-0 in extra innings and the Tigers are 1-4. … Damaso Marte hasmade 12 straight scoreless appearances for Chicago.