Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi White Sox won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 23
Chi White Sox6
Game 2: Saturday, July 24
Chi White Sox7
Game 3: Sunday, July 25
Chi White Sox2

Tigers 9

(46-52, 22-28 away)

White Sox 2

(52-43, 30-18 home)

    3:05 PM ET, July 25, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: W. Ledezma (1-0)

    L: J. Garland (7-7)

    White Sox fall out of first in AL Central

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Angered by an umpire's decision to eject their starting pitcher and manager in the second inning, the Detroit Tigers responded in the best way possible -- with good baseball.

    Marcus Thames hit his first career grand slam, Carlos Guillen had three more hits, Bobby Higginson made a great throw and Wilfredo Ledezma pitched well on short notice Sunday as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-2.

    "That was not the way you would design it," Alan Trammell said Sunday.

    Jeremy Bonderman and Trammell were ejected in the second inning after Bonderman hit Chicago's Aaron Rowand with a pitch, minutes after Paul Konerko's homer.

    Konerko's 26th homer gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead and after Bonderman retired Ross Gload, he hit Rowand with a high pitch on the left shoulder.

    Plate umpire Kevin Kelley immediately ejected Bonderman, sending an enraged Trammell out of the dugout to argue, prompting his ejection moments later. Bonderman was replaced by Ledezma (1-0), who allowed a run on four hits in 3 2-3 innings.

    "It was a 2-0 breaking ball and it just slipped out of my hand. It's just a freak thing, I don't know what to say. I've never had it happen," Bonderman said. "I wasn't even mad, I was just like trying to plead my case to him. There was nothing you could do out there, it was already done."

    Trammell said Kelley used poor judgment.

    "There was no intent," Trammell said. "I think he overreacted. You need to think about it. You're not going to hit someone with a breaking ball or a changeup."

    Even Rowand said he wasn't hit intentionally.

    "It got me in the shoulder and I think it might have had something to do with the fact my helmet came off when I turned," Rowand said. "It really only grazed me."

    Kelley said the ejection was the result of several incidents in the second inning: an earlier up-and-in pitch to Carl Everett; Konerko's homer; and another line drive by Gload.

    "So there is nobody on base and there's two outs and the pitch right at the guy's head, at Rowand's head," Kelley said.

    "He kind of put his shoulder up there, but it was way up and in and the bottom line is I think he did it intentionally and therefore I ejected him."

    Detroit led 4-2 headed into the seventh when Chicago reliever Neal Cotts walked two and gave up a single to Guillen to load the bases. Cotts hit Carlos Pena with a pitch, forcing in a run, before Thames drove a 3-2 pitch from Mike Jackson for a grand slam.

    "We needed this one," Thames said, acknowledging the ejections were unsettling. "It shocked me. A breaking ball. I've never seen that before in my life."

    After the ejections, the Tigers responded, tying the game in the third on Nook Logan's bunt single and stolen base and an RBI double by Omar Infante off Jon Garland (7-7).

    Thames' RBI double put the Tigers ahead in the fourth, and after Garland walked Eric Munson to load the bases, Brandon Inge hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

    Singles by Higginson and Guillen -- 8-for-13 in the series-- followed by Dmitri Young's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 4-1 in the fifth.

    Garland complained that Kelley told him after the ejections to be careful with inside pitches.

    "When I went out there in the third inning, he tells me, if he thinks I'm throwing inside on purpose, just throwing inside, he's going to toss me from the game," Garland said after giving up six hits and four runs in six innings.

    "He's taking half the plate away from me."

    Higginson made a great throw from the right-field corner to get Gload at third in the fifth and water down a rally by the White Sox.

    Gload singled and when Rowand's fly down the line fell just out of a sliding Higginson's reach, he held up momentarily. With Rowand right on his heels at first, Gload then tried to make it to third but was out easily.

    It turned out to be a big play because Jamie Burke hit an RBI single to right -- Higginson's throw to the plate was way high -- to cut the lead to 4-2.

    Game notes

    Tigers star Ivan Rodriguez got the day off to rest. ... OF Alex Sanchez is expected to rejoin the Tigers on Monday in Cleveland. He was gone for three days to be with his wife in Miami where she gave birth to twin boys. ... Rowand was also hit by a pitch from Jason Johnson on Saturday night.

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