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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.