Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Detroit won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 6
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 7
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 8
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Game 4: Thursday, September 9
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White Sox 3

(77-63, 39-36 away)

Tigers 6

(71-70, 46-26 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 9, 2010

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: R. Porcello (9-11)

    L: G. Floyd (10-12)

    S: R. Perry (2)

    Johnny Damon, Tigers push White Sox skid to three

    Associated Press

    DETROIT -- Their goal of winning the AL Central all but gone, the Detroit Tigers are embracing their role as spoilers.

    Johnny Damon had a season-high four hits, scored two runs and drove in one, helping Detroit beat Chicago 6-3 Thursday and hand the White Sox their third straight loss.

    The Tigers have won six of eight to get back above .500 for the first time since July 31.

    "We came into the season with bigger hopes, thinking we could win the World Series," Damon said. "Good teams can rebound from tough times and we weren't able to do that until now. Unfortunately, we dug a pretty big hole. But we can still control the race to some extent with games coming against Chicago and Minnesota."

    The White Sox fell six games behind idle Minnesota, their largest deficit in the division since June 17.

    "It gets harder every day," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

    After hosting Kansas City this weekend, the White Sox will start a three-game series Tuesday at home against Minnesota.

    "We have to go home and turn this around," Guillen said. "One thing I know -- this team will not quit. They will keep fighting until the end."

    Guillen traces his team's troubles to its AL Central record, going 28-32 in the division while Minnesota has dominated its familiar foes with a 38-19 mark.

    "That's why we are where we are right now," Guillen said.

    Ryan Raburn and Jhonny Peralta each had two RBIs as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 10 games at Comerica Park, where they are 46-26.

    The Tigers trail the Twins by 12 1/2 games -- putting them slightly closer to first than last place -- in large part because they're 19 games under .500 on the road.

    "We don't have a chance, but we have to play hard no matter what," Peralta said.

    Rick Porcello (9-11) gave up three runs on four hits and no walks in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. Ryan Perry pitched the ninth for his second save.

    Gavin Floyd (10-12) allowed six runs -- five earned -- over six innings. He gave up career-high matching 13 hits, all of which were singles. He became the first pitcher to do that since James Baldwin on Aug. 29, 2001, pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies, according to STATS LLC.

    "You are trying to get ground balls, and everything they hit finds a hole," Floyd said.

    Chicago's Alex Rios hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

    The Tigers didn't hit one over the fence, or even in a gap, but methodically scored runs throughout the game. They also got solid pitching and played sound defense.

    "We're giving a good effort," manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm pleased with them. Some nights, we're just not good enough."

    Game notes


    White Sox RHP Bobby Jenks is day to day with forearm tightness. ... White Sox Freddy Garcia had his injured lower back treated with an epidural and might make his start Sunday. ... The Tigers were without slugger Miguel Cabrera (left shoulder, biceps) for a second game in a row. ... Chicago activated reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list before the game. ... Tigers RHP Armando Galarraga says it will be "no big deal" to pitch for the first time since his near-perfect game with umpire Jim Joyce on the field Friday night against Baltimore. ... Leyland said he's considering moving LHP Phil Coke from a reliever to a starter next season. ... Detroit OF Austin Jackson struck out a season-high four times, but walked and scored his 92nd run -- the most by a Tigers rookie since Jake Wood had four more in 1961. ... The White Sox had an error, giving them 18 in the last 15 games. ... Detroit's rookies have combined for 443 hits, the most by the team since 1954.

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    Game Information

    StadiumComerica Park, Detroit, MI
    Attendance29,995 (72.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:12
    Weather69 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind11 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Brian Gorman

    Research Notes

    On Thursday, Rick Porcello retired the first 10 White Sox batters before Omar Vizquel singled with one out in the 4th. On Wednesday, Jeremy Bonderman retired the first 10 White Sox batters before Omar Vizquel hit a solo homer with one out in the 4th. ... It's the first time this season that teammates have had identical perfect-game bids of 3 innings or more against the same opponent in back-to-back games. ... The only other time that pitchers retired the first 9+ batters of the same team in consecutive games was on July 26 and 27. The Indians' Jake Westbrook and Josh Tomlin both disposed of the first nine Yankees they faced, although Westbrook retired the 10th as well.
    The Tigers finished Thursday's game with 13 hits, all singles. It's the first time they've had that many hits in a game, without an XBH, since May 11, 2004, vs Oakland. They had 14 singles and lost that one 5-4 in 15 innings. Their last such nine-inning game (and also the last Tigers win) was on June 12, 1993, over Toronto (won 12-1 on 15 singles).
    Johnny Damon recorded singles in his first four at-bats Thursday afternoon, marking the 36th four-hit game of his career. However, it's his first four-hit game this season, and thus his first as a Tiger. It's the first time Damon's had four singles in a game (no XBH) since June of 2008.

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