Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 17
Chi White Sox8
Game 2: Wednesday, August 18
Chi White Sox9
Game 3: Thursday, August 19
Chi White Sox4

Tigers 8

(56-64, 28-34 away)

White Sox 4

(60-58, 34-27 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 19, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    DET 025010000 8 9 0
    CWS 000003001 4 9 1

    W: W. Ledezma (3-0)

    L: J. Garland (8-9)

    S: G. Knotts (1)

    Ledezma tosses six strong innings

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Bobby Higginson borrowed bats from teammate Ivan Rodriguez -- and he's keeping them.

    "I'm very superstitious," Higginson said Thursday night after hitting two homers in the Detroit Tigers' 8-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

    Higginson also homered twice in Tuesday's series opener, so in two games against the White Sox he doubled his home run output for the season from four to eight using Rodriguez's lumber.

    "He's really looking good, as good as I've seen him the last couple of years," said Chicago catcher Ben Davis, who hit a solo homer in the ninth. "He's putting good swings on the ball."

    Craig Monroe and Higginson hit consecutive solo shots in the second Thursday night. Higginson's three-run drive in the third capped Detroit's five-run outburst and finished Jon Garland (8-9).

    "If this was our ballpark I don't think either would've gone out," Higginson said.

    "I've been spending a lot of time in the cage the last couple of weeks. You tinker around and hope something clicks. The big difference has been my mechanics."

    Whatever the reason, Higginson finished the three-game series with 10 RBI as Detroit won two of three.

    "He's been using Pudge's bat. I don't know what's in it, but it's working. Psychologically, if you're hitting with something, you can guarantee that you'll stick with it," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.

    Wilfredo Ledezma (3-0) blanked the White Sox for the first five innings and had an 8-0 lead before Chicago scored three in the sixth, capped by Juan Uribe's two-run homer.

    Ledezma gave up seven hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Gary Knotts pitched three innings for his first career save, allowing only Davis' solo homer in the ninth.

    Ledezma had quite a week. He became a father on Sunday.

    "My third win and my first son," he said.

    "I'm pitching well now. I got a lot of support. I just concentrated and threw the ball. Now I can go home and spend time with my child."

    Garland yielded six hits and seven runs -- three earned -- in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

    "In my eyes it was the four unearned runs. What can you do?" Garland said after another disappointing outing. He has just one win in his last eight starts.

    Chicago played for the third straight game without manager Ozzie Guillen, who got his second two-game suspension Thursday, this time for calling umpire Hunter Wendelstedt a liar.

    Bench coach Harold Baines ran the team in place of Guillen.

    "I don't know what really happened," Baines said.

    Omar Infante and Carlos Guillen singled to start the third and the Tigers loaded the bases when first baseman Paul Konerko fielded Rodriguez's grounder and threw high to second for an error.

    Dmitri Young had an RBI grounder and Carlos Pena doubled to make it 4-0, though Young was thrown out at the plate. After Monroe walked, Higginson homered to right-center for his eighth of the season.

    Marcus Thames' sacrifice fly made it 8-0 in the fifth. The White Sox ended Ledezma's shutout bid in the sixth when Carlos Lee singled, Konerko doubled and Carl Everett hit an RBI grounder before Uribe's homer.

    Game notes

    The White Sox are 1-3 with Baines filling in for Guillen -- three games for suspension and one when Guillen was at his son's high school graduation. ... Higginson has 15 multihomer games, including two this season.

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