They got a solid effort from their starting pitcher, took
advantage of their opponent's mistakes and gained another game in
the division standings.
The Tigers, who have the best record in the majors, allowed four
unearned runs and tied a season-high with their fourth straight
"I'm certainly not going to let a four-game losing streak stand
in the way or jump ship -- I'm going to be there for them," manager
Jim Leyland said.
A White Sox team that was on the verge of falling out of the
division race after running neck-and-neck with Detroit the first
half of the season won for the fourth time in five games. Chicago
will try to complete the sweep Sunday when Freddy Garcia opposes
"We're playing good ball again, like we did in the first
half," said closer Bobby Jenks, who retired the middle of the
order for his 32nd save in 34 opportunities. "It doesn't look like
anything's going to change. We're going to be able to continue
After tying it with three unearned runs in the fifth, the White
Sox went ahead 4-3 in the seventh, thanks to Inge's throwing error
and Sandy Alomar's sacrifice fly.
Jermaine Dye extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a
leadoff single, and Inge threw wildly to second trying to start a
double play on Joe Crede's grounder toward third. Dye then scored
the go-ahead run on Alomar's fly to right. Crede took third on the
play, but was tagged out after Juan Uribe missed on a suicide
Buehrle lasted six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits
while striking out a season-high seven and walking none. His last
win was June 27 at Pittsburgh.
"I just think the ball's been landing my way the last couple
games," said Buehrle, who threw 91 pitches. "We've won two of my
last three starts, so that's a good sign."
Reliever Mike MacDougal (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings.
Kenny Rogers (11-6) took the loss despite retiring the first 12
batters and holding the White Sox to four hits in seven innings. He
allowed four unearned runs, struck out two and did not walk a
batter, but he's 0-3 over his last six starts.
"Everybody is going to come after us, and we know we have to
raise our level of intensity to match any other team," Rogers
Although they were 11-15 since the All-Star break, the White Sox
were hinting at a turnaround with nine wins in their previous 14
games entering Saturday's matchup.
With a chance to jump back into the division race, Chicago got
off to a good start Friday when Jose Contreras pitched his first
Early on, Buehrle looked more like the pitcher who earned a spot
on the All-Star team than the guy who was 0-6 in his previous seven
starts and had seen his ERA leap from 3.22 to 4.89.
He struck out four of the first five batters and seven in the
first three innings.
Meanwhile, Rogers kept the White Sox off balance until Paul
Konerko singled leading off the bottom of the fifth.
Casey followed with his fifth homer this season and second since
being acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. Inge then
singled and scored on Granderson's double down the right-field
But the White Sox tied it with two out in the bottom half after
Guillen committed his 21st error, bobbling Sandy Alomar's grounder
to shortstop put runners on first and third.
Konerko scored on Uribe's double. Brian Anderson tied it at 3
with a two-run single to left and took second on Thames' error.
Uribe had missed six games with a sore back. ... Rogers had
won four straight against the White Sox. ... Tigers manager Jim
Leyland said Justin Verlander tipped his pitches Friday, when he
had his worst start of the season. Trying to become the majors'
first 15-game winner, Verlander allowed five runs on a career-high
13 hits in five innings, including two-run homers by Jim Thome and
A.J. Pierzynski in the fifth. "They saw something, to their
credit. I'm certainly not talking about anyone cheating, that's not
what I'm talking about," Leyland said.