Tigers earn split with 7-1 win over White Sox
DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Tigers quickly bounced back from a bad beating.
Jeremy Bonderman(notes) allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings, Brennan Boesch(notes) and Johnny Damon(notes) each drove in two runs, and the Tigers earned a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Damon was 3 for 5.
“When you get your butts kicked in, nobody wants to let it happen again,” Boesch said.
Bonderman (6-6) allowed five hits, walking one and striking out five.
“Bonderman kept us off balance, pretty much,” Pierre said. “He was hitting his spots. Not working in the middle of the plate but on the edges.”
He gave up all of the runs in the first two innings.
“Just a little too pumped up going out there in the first inning,” said Torres, who was optioned back to Charlotte after the second game.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first on Boesch’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice grounder.
The Tigers made it 5-0 while batting around in the second. Alex Avila’s(notes) RBI double into the left-field corner plated the first run, Will Rhymes(notes) hit a two-out, run-scoring single and Damon and Boesch each had two-out, run-producing doubles.
Konerko put Chicago on the board in the seventh with his 26th home run.
Pierre also doubled, drove in two runs and stole his league-leading 40th base, the 499th of his career. Pierre’s previous home run has was Sept. 15, 2008. He lined a shot from Rick Porcello(notes) over the right-field fence to lead off the fifth.
“If you go to Vegas to bet, you wouldn’t bet that Juan Pierre would hit a home run in Detroit,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This is one of the toughest places to hit a home run.”
It was Pierre’s second career home run at Comerica Park. He hit an inside-the-park homer in Detroit in 2004, while a member of the Florida Marlins.
“I was real surprised, it was a breaking ball,” said the speedy leadoff man, who has 14 career homers. “I hit it good. Now guys can get off my back.”
Porcello (4-10) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings and was chased as the White Sox took a 7-1 lead in the fifth.
“When I wanted to throw certain pitches for strikes, especially in big situations, I would either throw a ball or miss out over the plate,” Porcello said.
“It could have been an ugly game,” he said. “I didn’t have good command and fell behind a lot early.”
Jackson had an RBI single in the third.
Beckham’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-1. Pierre homered in the fifth and one out later Rios hit his 17th homer.
Notes: Vizquel was 3 for 3 in the nightcap. With his 2,758th hit, he moved past Vada Pinson into sole possession of 49th place on the career list. … Damon was Detroit’s DH for both games of the doubleheader after missing three games with a sore back. … Konerko’s home run was estimated at 424 feet. … Jackson has 122 hits, which leads AL rookies and is the most by a Tigers’ rookie since Milt Cuyler had 122 in 1991.