Series: Game 1 of 4

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Thursday, July 29
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Game 2: Friday, July 30
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Game 3: Saturday, July 31
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Game 4: Sunday, August 1
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White Sox 2

(52-47, 22-26 away)

Tigers 3

(48-54, 25-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 29, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: J. Johnson (8-8)

    L: S. Schoeneweis (6-8)

    S: U. Urbina (16)

    Catcher likely will sit Friday

    DETROIT (AP) -- Jason Johnson and some stellar relief work by the Detroit Tigers kept the Chicago White Sox slumping.

    Johnson allowed three hits over six innings Thursday night and the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 3-2, the White Sox's fifth straight loss.

    Johnson (8-8) allowed both runs to get his fourth win in five decisions.

    "I felt really good today," he said. "It's good to go out there and beat the White Sox."

    Four relievers gave up two hits over the last three innings for Detroit with Ugueth Urbina pitching a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

    Chicago got a man to third with two out in the eighth on Willie Harris' double and a groundout. But Esteban Yan got Carlos Lee to fly to center to end the threat.

    "We had a couple of times we didn't execute," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

    Scott Schoeneweis (6-8) allowed five hits and three runs, two earned, in 5 1-3 innings for the White Sox. He walked four and struck out five.

    He allowed a single to Dmitri Young to start the sixth and then struck out Carlos Guillen. Rondell White then hit what looked like a routine double-play ball to shortstop Jose Valentin. But Valentin's toss to Harris at second was off target and everybody was safe.

    "He made a mistake with the throw," Harris said. "And I made a mistake by not expecting a bad throw."

    Schoeneweis was then replaced by Jon Adkins.

    Both runners moved up on a passed ball by Sandy Alomar, and Marcus Thames walked. Bobby Higginson then hit a slow grounder to first and all Paul Konerko could do with was step on the bag as Young scored to make it 3-2.

    "I'll take it," Higginson said. "If the ball was hit hard, it might have been hit right at someone for an out."

    Detroit went ahead 2-0 in the second on back-to-back RBI doubles by White and Thames.

    Chicago cut the lead in half in the third on Lee's RBI single.

    The White Sox tied the game at 2 in the sixth on Carl Everett's sacrifice fly.

    The White Sox have only scored 101 runs in July.

    "Every time we score a run, it feels like we scored 20 runs the way we hit," said Ozzie Guillen.

    Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the third inning with upper back spasms. He was replaced by Mike DiFelice.

    "I felt the back tighten up on me," said Rodriguez. "The trainer told me not to take a chance, so I left the game."

    He said he would play on Friday but Tigers manager Alan Trammell said, "He is unlikely to play tomorrow. I want to give him a day."<

    ^Notes:@ Lee has 14 RBI in his last 11 games. ... Tigers OF Alex Sanchez returned from the 15-day disabled list. He had a strained hamstring. ... Tigers LHP Al Levine was scheduled to have his left forearm X-rayed after being hit by Aaron Rowand's grounder in the eighth.

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