Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski each homered Saturday and the
White Sox hung on to win their third straight, a 7-5 victory over
the struggling Tigers on Saturday night.
Javier Vazquez (9-6) went seven innings and gave up three runs
and six hits with six strikeouts. The win was his third in his last
"He battled and gave us the innings we needed," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This was a positive sign for him -- when he doesn't
have good stuff, he's usually bad."
Chicago's bullpen made it interesting, giving up two runs in the
bottom of the eighth.
Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 36
opportunities. Jenks, who ended the game by striking out Brandon Inge, has retired 29 straight batters.
Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman (10-4) lost his third straight
start after giving up six runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The
Tigers, who had baseball's best record two weeks ago, have lost
four straight and 10 of their last 12.
"I need to pick it up and give this team a chance to win,"
said Bonderman, who gave up four runs in the first. "In my last
three starts I haven't been doing it.
"We need to right the ship or it's not going to be pretty. If
we want to make the playoffs, we have to pick it up."
The loss kept Detroit a half game behind AL Central leader
Bonderman got two outs in the first before the White Sox broke
through with three straight RBI hits. Pierzynski started with a
run-scoring single to right. Jermaine Dye followed with a two-run double,
drawing the ire of the home crowd. Bonderman heard a smattering of
boos as Dye made his way to second. Podsednik then drove in Dye
with a two-out single to make it 4-0.
"When you're struggling, a four-run first inning is not good
tonic," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We're just not doing
what it takes to win games."
Vazquez felt better about the opening-inning outburst.
"It's great when the guys score early for you," he said. "It
makes it a lot easier for a starting pitcher."
Craig Monroe and Inge cut the lead in half with RBI singles in
the second but Thome and Pierzynski answered with solo shots to
right in the next half-inning to make it 6-2.
"I'm sure happy that I got it," said Pierzynski, who had gone
202 at-bats since a May 20 grand slam against the Cubs. "It's been
a long time. I told some of my teammates tonight that my only goal
was to hit a homer."
Thome's homer was the 490th of his career.
Detroit's Placido Polanco hit is sixth homer of the year down
the left-field line off Vazquez in the third.
The Tigers placed LHP Andrew Miller on the 15-day disabled
list before the game and recalled RHP Fernando Rodney from Triple-A
Toledo. ... The White Sox have homered 21 times in their last 12
games and have hit 31 long balls since the All-Star break. ...
Saturday's sellout (42,907) was Detroit's 14th straight, a Comerica