He just didn’t have any idea how long it had actually been.
Bonderman (3-13) won for the first time since May 4, ending an 11-start winless streak, as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Wednesday night.
“I don’t keep track of dates and things—I didn’t know it had been since May,” the 20-year-old said. “The way this season has gone for us, it is always nice to get a win.”
Bonderman allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
“He just threw some strikes,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. “We had a shot there in the first inning when we loaded the bases up, but we just couldn’t get the big two-out hit. We’re just not swinging the bats.”
Detroit has won two straight to clinch just their second home series win of the year.
“It took us until July to win one, and now we’ve won two in a row,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “This is a great feeling, and Jeremy deserves most of the credit. His record is not indicative of the way he has pitched this year, that’s for sure. I’m just glad we could finally get him a win.”
Bonderman entered the game with the worst run support in the majors—just 2.32 runs per nine innings. The Tigers have never scored more than five runs when he is in the game.
The White Sox have now lost four of five while playing two of the American League’s worst teams—Tampa Bay and Detroit.
“Getting beat by those two teams—it hurts you,” Jose Valentin said. “Nothing against them, but if you look at their records, they are the two worst teams in baseball. The way we were playing after we beat teams like Boston and Minnesota, there’s no way we would lose to these two teams.”
Jamie Walker pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings and new closer Chris Mears pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second career save. The rookie picked up his first save Tuesday against the White Sox, and has only allowed one baserunner in seven innings since being called up.
“Right now, performance counts on this team and Chris has the hot hand,” Trammell said. “We’re going to ride that wave as long as it goes.”
Bartolo Colon (6-8) dropped to 0-3 in his last six starts. He gave up four runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four.
“Carlos hit a great pitch, so there was nothing I could do about that,” Bonderman said. “I just knew I needed to make a pitch when they loaded the bases and I was able to get the third out.”
Detroit took advantage, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Morris singled, took second on Colon’s balk and scored on Dmitri Young’s single to center. Young advanced to second on Kevin Witt’s base hit and scored on Cody Ross’ first major league hit—a single.
“That’s an awesome feeling,” Ross said. “Not only to get my first hit, but have it come off a great pitcher like Bartolo Colon and drive in a big run with two outs. That took a big weight off my shoulders—now I can just play baseball.”
Morris made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the sixth, scoring Ramon Santiago from second.
Bonderman, meanwhile, did not allow a hit after the first inning until Valentin’s RBI double with none out in the seventh that pulled Chicago within 4-2.
Bonderman left after striking out the next batter, and Walker got the lasttwo outs of the inning to strand Valentin.
RHP Danny Patterson has a 3.38 ERA in eight rehab outings with Triple-A Toledo, and is expected back with Detroit after the All-Star break. Patterson has been out since early last season after Tommy John surgery. … Lee’s homer was his first of July and was estimated at 398 feet. … Detroit committed three errors in the first four innings. … Colon has a 5.26 ERA in hissix-start winless streak.