Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 8/17)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 17
Chi White Sox8
Game 2: Wednesday, August 18
Chi White Sox9
Game 3: Thursday, August 19
Chi White Sox4

Tigers 11

(55-63, 27-33 away)

White Sox 8

(59-57, 33-26 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 17, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    DET 130230002 11 15 2
    CWS 003004100 8 12 1

    W: M. Maroth (10-7)

    L: F. Garcia (10-10)

    S: U. Urbina (21)

    Higginson rocks 3-run, 2-run blast to lead Detroit

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Maroth received some nice gifts from Bobby Higginson.

    Higginson hit a three-run homer in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth, and the Detroit Tigers hit four homers in all off Freddy Garcia in a 11-8 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

    Maroth (10-7), who turned 27, improved to 5-0 in his last seven starts, allowing six runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He became the first Detroit pitcher in three years to reach double digits in wins.

    "They were a good birthday present," he said of the runs.

    Omar Infante led off the game with a home run, and Carlos Guillen and Dmitri Young each hit solo shots.

    "All you can ask a pitcher is to give you a chance to win," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He mixed his pitches enough and he did his job."

    Ben Davis and Joe Borchard hit solo home runs for the White Sox, who dropped five games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

    Chicago was without manager Ozzie Guillen, who was hospitalized and passed a kidney stone during the game. Guillen, who also served the first game of a two-game suspension, probably will be released from a hospital Wednesday, the White Sox said.

    "I think what he had passed. He was in a lot of pain today. They found out what it was and they took care of it," said bench coach Harold Baines, who managed in place of Guillen. "He didn't really watch the game."

    Ugueth Urbina worked the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances to hold the victory for Maroth.

    Garcia (10-10) allowed nine runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He had never before allowed four homers in a game.

    "He just didn't have it tonight," Davis said. "He made a lot of mistakes, and when he made them they didn't miss them. That's a good-hitting ballclub over there."

    Garcia is 7-0 in eight starts during the day and 3-10 in 16 starts at night. He was not available for comment after the game.

    "It has nothing to do with his stuff or how he prepares himself for the game," Davis said. "It's just coincidence."

    Higginson came in hitting .159 in his last 31 games and didn't have an extra-base hit in his previous 19 games, but he does well against Garcia -- a .378 average (14-for-37) with five homers and 12 RBI.

    "It's all about confidence, and after that first one I was feeling confident," Higginson said. "I've always felt comfortable against Freddy. I don't know why."

    After the start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 2 minutes, Infante hit his third career homer leading off a game. Higginson's first homer made it 4-0 in the second.

    Davis homered in the third, Paul Konerko walked with the bases loaded and Carl Everett hit a sacrifice fly as Chicago closed to 4-3, but Higginson boosted Detroit's lead to 6-3 in the fourth with his second homer. It was his 14th multihomer game, the first since Sept. 19, 2001 at Minnesota.

    Guillen homered leading off the fifth, and reliever Neal Cotts threw three wild pitches later in the inning, including two that scored runs.

    Chicago closed to 9-7 in the sixth on Lee's two-run double off Gary Knotts and a two-run error by catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a wild throw to first trying to complete a 1-2-3 double play. Borchard homered leading off the seventh, but Young homered in the ninth and Inge had an RBI single.

    "It was a pretty ugly game from our side," Baines said. "We battled back early, but at the end it was real sloppy."

    Game notes

    The White Sox placed C Sandy Alomar Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled groin and recalled C Jamie Burke from Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago also claimed OF Alex Escobar off waivers from Cleveland and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right foot. ... Chicago is 13-25 when facing left-handed starting pitchers.

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