White Sox 6, Tigers 4

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DETROIT (AP)—Freddy Garcia gave the struggling Chicago White Sox a big lift.

“That’s why we got him,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “So he can stop the bleeding.”

Garcia pitched into the eighth inning, and Ben Davis and Aaron Rowand homered to help the White Sox snap their season-high seven-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Rowand and Paul Konerko each had three of the 14 hits for the White Sox, whose last win was July 24 against the Tigers.

Garcia (9-9) allowed four runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, and struck out eight and walked one. Shingo Takatsu pitched the ninth for his ninth save in as many opportunities.

Brandon Inge and Rondell White homered for the Tigers, who won the first three games of the series.

Jeremy Bonderman (6-8) started for Detroit, but was hit in the left leg by Jose Valentin’s line drive with one out in the second.

He left the game for X-rays, which were negative. The team said Bonderman has a bruised left shin and is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday.

“It hurt a lot because it was hit on mostly bone, not muscle,” Bonderman said. “I’m happy and frustrated. Happy that the injury wasn’t worse, but frustrated about being hit and not able to help my team.”

Bonderman allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1-3 innings, and was replaced by Danny Patterson.

Davis put Chicago up 3-0 in the second inning with a three-run homer off Patterson.

“Not trying to do anything special a the plate,” Davis said. “Just trying to make hard contact and hope for the best.”

Konerko hit a leadoff double and one out later, Valentin reached on the infield single off Bonderman’s leg. Juan Uribe sacrificed Valentin to second, and Davis followed with his second homer of the season.

Davis, the team’s backup catcher who came in hitting just .140, was 2-for-4.

“I like Ben Davis hitting left-handed,” Guillen said of the switch-hitting catcher. “That’s why I try to get him in the game.”

Inge’s solo home run in the third made it 3-1.

The White Sox regained their three-run lead on Rowand’s run-scoring single in the fourth.

Chicago made it 5-1 in the fifth when Carlos Lee hit a leadoff double and scored on Ross Gload’s RBI single one out later.

White’s solo homer in the seventh pulled the Tigers within 5-2.

Detroit made it 5-4 with two runs in the eighth. Alex Sanchez hit a run-scoring single, which chased Garcia. Damaso Marte came in and walked Bobby Higginson, who pulled off a double steal with Sanchez. Carlos Guillen’s sacrifice fly drove in Sanchez to pull the Tigers within a run.

“I give our guys credit,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “We got back into the game.”

Rowand’s solo homer in the ninth made it 6-4.

“I’m glad I came back and put another run up on the board,” said Rowand, who had misplayed Jason Smith’s fly to center to lead off the eighth into a double.


It’s the second straight Sunday against Chicago that Bonderman has left the game in the second inning. He was tossed out of the game for hitting a batter last Sunday in Chicago. … Valentin’s second-inning single broke an 0-for-24 slump. … Rowand was 3-for-5 on Sunday, and is 7-for-13 in his last three games. … Inge threw out all three White Sox runners who attempted to steal.

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