Series: Game 2 of 4

Detroit leads 2-0 (as of 7/30)

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 4

(52-48, 22-27 away)

Tigers 5

(49-54, 26-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 30, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: E. Yan (1-2)

    L: D. Marte (4-4)

    S: U. Urbina (17)

    Higginson notches go-ahead RBI in 8th

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers did just enough to keep the Chicago White Sox slumping.

    Bobby Higginson drew a tiebreaking, bases-loaded walk with two out in the eighth inning to help Detroit hand White Sox their sixth straight defeat, 5-4 on Friday night.

    "We did the job, we got the job done," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "It's efficient."

    Alex Sanchez led off the eighth with an infield single off Damaso Marte (4-4). Carlos Guillen singled with one out and Rondell White walked with two out to load the bases. Marte then walked Higginson on a 3-2 pitch.

    "It's a win, it doesn't matter," said Higginson, whose base-loaded groundout in the sixth inning on Thursday night broke a 2-2 tie and was the winning margin.

    "It's a little bit frustrating because I think it's the first time this year," Marte said of the six-game skid. "We have to win the game. We have to break out right now."

    Esteban Yan (1-2) got two outs for the win and Ugueth Urbina pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.

    The game was delayed just over an hour after three innings because of rain.

    "It was sloppy," Trammell said, referring to the field conditions.

    Detroit starter Wilfredo Ledezma struck out four in three hitless innings before the delay. Roberto Novoa came on when the game resumed and allowed three hits and two unearned runs in three innings.

    White Sox starter Jon Garland allowed four runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four.

    Dmitri Young put Detroit up 2-0 in the first with his seventh homer of the season. Chicago tied it with two runs in the sixth on only one hit.

    After Jamie Burke led off the inning with a bunt single, Aaron Rowand laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt. But third baseman Eric Munson's throw sailed over the head of Young at first and into the right-field corner. Rowand was credited with a single as Burke scored and Rowand went to third. Carlos Lee followed with a sacrifice fly.

    The Tigers broke the tie in the sixth on Guillen's double and White's sacrifice fly.

    But the White Sox tied it up again in the eighth on RBI singles by Lee and Paul Konerko off reliever Danny Patterson.

    "We bounced back. The offense was there," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think anytime we score a run, we have to try to shut the other team down. We never did."<

    ^Notes:@ Detroit C Ivan Rodriguez didn't play because of upper back spasms that forced him to leave Thursday night's game in the third inning. ... Infante's single in the first inning broke an 0-for-11 slump. ... Chicago 2B Juan Uribe is 7-for-55 in July. ... Lee has 16 RBI in his last 12 games. ... White Sox OF Carl Everett left the game with a strained lower left quadriceps after legging out an infield single in the eighth. He's day-to-day.

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