Tigers 5, White Sox 4

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DETROIT (AP)—Carlos Guillen is earning respect around the majors with his breakthrough season.

“He can really do it all,” Detroit Tigers manager Alan Trammell. “He’s such a well-rounded player—he has the talent, but he is also a very observant player. He makes smart plays.”

Guillen went 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer, helping the Tigers beat the slumping Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night.

The All-Star shortstop, acquired in an offseason trade from Seattle for two fringe players, is hitting .317 with 20 homers and a team-best 94 RBIs.

“This has been a great season for me,” Guillen said. “I don’t think I’m a power hitter, but I’ve been able to hit the ball hard.”

Marcus Thames drove in three runs, and Nate Robertson pitched eight strong innings for the Tigers, who have won six of nine.

“We’ve only got a few weeks left in the season, but we are still playing well,” Trammell said. “That’s a good sign.”

Aaron Rowand made it close in the ninth with a three-run homer off Ugueth Urbina, but Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games. The White Sox have been outscored 46-21 in the losses.

“Some people pay to watch this team, but I get paid to watch them,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “It’s frustrating.”

Robertson (11-7) won for the second straight start, giving up one run and eight hits while matching the longest outing of his career. He struck out six and walked one.

“The last time I pitched against those guys, I couldn’t locate anything and they really pounded me,” he said. “Tonight, I was able to get the ball where I wanted it. I gave up some hits, but I kept them from putting up any big numbers.”

Mark Buehrle (11-8) dropped to 1-5 in his last seven starts, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.

“It seems that no one is getting the job done,” he said. “We keep saying that we have 40 games left, but winning one out of five isn’t going to get it done.”

Chicago went ahead 1-0 on Joe Borchard’s RBI single in the fourth, but the Tigers scored twice in the bottom half.

Rondell White led off the inning with a single and took third on Craig Monroe’s double. Buehrle struck out Carlos Pena, but Thames lined a single to left. White scored easily, and Monroe beat left fielder Carlos Lee’s weak throw to the plate to put Detroit ahead.

Guillen made it 3-1 in the fifth, but was nearly thrown out on the bases twice. He led off the inning with a drive to right-center and tried to stretch it into a double. The throw beat him by several feet, but third baseman Joe Crede missed the tag.

Ivan Rodriguez followed with a liner to left and Guillen tried to score. Lee’s throw was in time, but catcher Jamie Burke dropped the ball just before the pair collided.

“That’s how I like to play the game,” Guillen said. “I like to be aggressive and put pressure on the defense.”

Guillen homered off Cliff Politte in the seventh and Thames had an RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-1.

Ozzie Guillen was surprised at the chances Detroit took on the bases.

“I think their third-base coach was gambling,” he said. “(Lee) made good throws, but we didn’t make the tags. We got beat by those two tag plays.”

Notes

Olympic gold medalist Carly Piper threw out the first pitch. Piper, who was part of the American 4x200 freestyle relay team, grew up in suburban Detroit. … Burke was cut over the left eye in the fifth-inning collision with Guillen, but stayed in the game. … Pena, Monroe and Lee all extended hitting streaks to 11 games. … Guillen’s extra-base hits made him the first player in Tigers history to have 30 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers and 10 steals in a season. … Mike Jackson pitched the eighth for his 1,003rd career appearance, breaking his tie with Goose Gossage for eighth all-time. … Urbina made his 500th career appearance.

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