White Sox 9, Tigers 5
Uribe homered, scored the go-ahead run and drove in three runs, helping the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 to end a five-game losing streak.
“For us to win, we are all going to have to do something,” he said. “Tonight, I helped us win—I hit a homer and drove in two more.”
Jon Garland (9-9) won for just the second time in nine starts since defeating Seattle on July 9, giving up four runs and eight hits in seven innings. In his previous start, on Aug. 19, the Tigers scored seven runs— three earned—in 2 2-3 innings.
“When we faced him in Chicago, he was leaving everything over the plate,” Bobby Higginson said. “Tonight he had great location. We didn’t hit much hard at all.”
Wilfredo Ledezma (3-1), who had won his previous two starts, allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, which matched his longest outing since moving into the starting rotation on July 30.
“We made him throw strikes,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “You have to do that, because that kid’s got a pretty good arm.”
Carlos Pena hit a third-inning grand slam for Detroit, which lost for just the third time in 10 games. It was the third slam of Pena’s career. He also had a game-ending grand slam against Arizona on June 27.
“In the last couple weeks, Carlos has been outstanding,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “He’s hitting the ball hard and he’s getting two or three quality at-bats every night. That’s the secret.”
Brandon Inge led off the fourth with a triple, but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder to third, and the Tigers didn’t get another hit until the ninth.
“That’s typical Garland,” Guillen said. “Two bloop singles, a bunt and a blast. After that, he came back and pitched the way that we know he’s capable of doing.”
Ledezma only allowed two hits in the first four innings, but Chicago scored four times in the fifth to overcome a 4-1 deficit.
After Joe Crede walked and Joe Borchard singled, Willie Harris hit an RBI double, Aaron Rowand had a sacrifice fly and Uribe, who had homered in the first, tied the game with a bloop single to right. Following a wild pitch, Carlos Lee singled for a 5-4 lead.
Detroit nearly tied the game in the sixth, but Craig Monroe’s drive down the left-field line was foul by inches.
“He hit that so hard that I never got a chance to get into a position to see it,” Trammell said. “But the replay showed it was the right call. That would have been nice.”
Uribe added a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Craig Dingman after Rowand’s drive got stuck in a piece of padding on the left-field fence and turned into a triple.
“That was ridiculous,” Monroe said.
Higginson finished the scoring with an RBI single off Jon Adkins in the bottom of the ninth.
Pena has a career .143 average against Garland (3-for-21), but two of the three hits have been homers. … White Sox GM Kenny Williams confirmed before the game that OF Magglio Ordonez (knee injury) will miss the remainder of the season. … Garland’s previous road win was July 1 at Minnesota. … Lee, Pena and Monroe all extended hitting streaks to 10 games.