Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 4/4)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
Chi White Sox7
Game 3: Sunday, April 6
Chi White Sox10

Tigers 2

(0-4, 0-1 away)

White Sox 5

(1-3, 1-0 home)

    4:05 PM ET, April 4, 2003

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Loaiza (1-0)

    L: N. Cornejo (0-1)

    S: B. Koch (1)

    Chicago keeps Detroit and Trammell winless

    CHICAGO (AP) -- So what if their ballpark sported a new name or the weather was more suited for football? The Chicago White Sox were just glad to be home.

    After three consecutive defeats in Kansas City that included some dreadful play, the White Sox got the lift they needed Friday.

    They got strong pitching from Esteban Loaiza and a homer from Joe Crede to beat the winless Detroit Tigers 5-2 for their first victory.

    ''It's just good to bounce back from the game we played yesterday,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said of 12-6 defeat Thursday against the Royals that featured four errors and shaky pitching.

    Following a two-hour rain delay before the first pitch Friday, the game-time temperature was 37 degrees -- tying a record set in 1974 for the coldest home opener in White Sox history.

    Some players wore hoods to protect their ears in the White Sox's first home game since the team announced a $68 million naming rights deal in January that turned Comiskey Park into U.S. Cellular Field.

    ''It was a long day for a lot of us, especially in the cold weather,'' said Loaiza, a non-roster invitee who won a spot in the rotation with a strong spring training.

    Loaiza waited out the rain by listening to music and chatting with teammates and then went out and pitched 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing just three hits and two runs.

    ''Everybody was just glad to get it over,'' said Loaiza, who now has a 10-3 record in April for his career. ''It was really hard coming from Tucson with the heat and then to come here and try to adjust.''

    Billy Koch struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. He blew a save Thursday, allowing four runs without retiring a batter in a 12-6 defeat against Kansas City, and was booed in pregame introductions.

    ''I took the mound with a mission today,'' said Koch, who saved 44 games for Oakland last season. ''I wasn't surprised anyone was booing, especially after yesterday.''

    The White Sox jumped on Detroit starter Nate Cornejo (0-1), who gave up four runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Magglio Ordonez had a first-inning run-scoring single, and Joe Crede hit a two-run homer in the second when D'Angelo Jimenez also delivered a run-scoring triple.

    Aaron Rowand hit a run-scoring double off Steve Sparks to make it 5-2 in the sixth.

    ''I'm going to ride this out as long as I can because I know there is a slump waiting around the corner for me,'' said Crede, who is 7-for-15 with four extra-base hits.

    Carlos Pena doubled with one out in the fifth for the Tigers' first hit off Loaiza, and Eric Munson followed with a two-run homer to right, snapping Detroit's scoreless streak at 19 innings.

    ''It would feel a lot better if we'd get some wins. It really doesn't mean much if we don't hit as a team,'' Munson said.

    The two runs matched Detroit's total output in losing its first three games to the Twins.

    ''I wish I could tell you all good stuff, that I have a magic wand, but I don't,'' Tigers rookie manager Alan Trammell said.

    ''I never like to lose, but panicking? By no means. Whether it's going to be two more days, one day, a week, I don't know.''

    Game notes

    Announced attendance was 40,395 but the actual crowd was much smaller. ...Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was booed when he was introduced Friday and then drew even louder catcalls after he bounced the first pitch past the plate. Former Cubs manager Bruce Kimm, now the White Sox's third-base coach, and reliever Tom Gordon, who also pitched for the Cubs last season, were booed during pregame introductions. ... Frank Thomas, who returned to the White Sox after testing the free agent market in the offseason, was mostly cheered when introduced. ... Cornejo's 1 1/3 innings matched his shortest outing as a starter. He also lasted just 1 1/3 against the White Sox in 2001. ... Loaiza, who pitched the last two years with the Blue Jays, has been tough on Detroit his entire career. He's now 7-2 against the Tigers.

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