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Tigers keep White Sox skidding with tight victory

DETROIT (AP) -- Omar Infante and Craig Monroe homered, and the
Detroit Tigers handed the first-place Chicago White Sox another
costly loss with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

The White Sox began the day with a two-game lead over Cleveland
in the AL Central, but have lost 12 of 19. Chicago had won three
straight before dropping the first two games of its four-game
series in Detroit.

The Tigers have won four straight.

Nate Robertson (7-15) ended a five-start losing streak, allowing
one run on five hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out
five in his first win since Aug. 23.

Chris Spurling pitched 1 2/3 innings, escaping a bases-loaded
jam in the eighth, before the White Sox got a run in the ninth off
Fernando Rodney.

Juan Uribe led off with a walk, took second on Tadahito Iguchi's
one-out walk and moved to third when Aaron Rowand grounded into a
force at second.

Paul Konerko followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2 before
Rodney got Jermaine Dye to fly to center for his ninth save.

Brandon McCarthy (2-2) lost for the first time in six starts,
dating to May 27. He gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3
innings.

McCarthy retired his first eight batters before Infante hit his
ninth homer of the season to give Detroit a 1-0 lead in the third.

The White Sox got three walks in the fourth, but a double play
kept them from scoring.

Chicago tied it in the fifth. Pablo Ozuna singled, stole second,
moved to third on Chris Widger's groundout and scored when Uribe
slapped a single through the drawn-in infield.

Monroe's 20th homer gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the fifth, and
they added to the margin in the sixth.

With one out, singles by Carlos Guillen and Chris Shelton put
runners on the corners. Former White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez
then hit a blooper to shallow center, just past the reach of second
baseman Iguchi for a run-scoring single.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but
Spurling got pinch-hitter Geoff Blum to ground into a 1-2/3 double
play.

Game notes
Chicago 3B Joe Crede left Detroit early Tuesday to be with
his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child. Manager Ozzie
Guillen said he was not sure when Crede would return, but expected
to hear from him before Wednesday's game. ... The Tigers honored
their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, before the game. The
Mud Hens won the International League title earlier this month. ...
Detroit C Ivan Rodriguez (left calf) did not play, while 2B Placido
Polanco was not with the team to attend to a family matter.