DETROIT (AP) -- Frank Thomas' heroics at the plate were made
possible by Chicago's relievers on the mound.
Thomas homered leading off the 13th inning Wednesday night and
the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 4-3.
The Tigers had the winning run on third base in the eighth,
ninth and 11th innings and loaded the bases with one out in the
13th, but the White Sox bullpen kept Detroit at bay.
"It's crazy," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The White Sox are atop the A.L. Central with a 52-24 record, the
best in the major leagues. Chicago is also 22-8 in one-run games.
"You can't underestimate how big our bullpen has been," said
Paul Konerko, who also homered for Chicago.
Chris Shelton, who had a career-high four hits, connected for
Fernando Rodney (2-1) allowed Thomas' home run.
"He's a professional guy. A sure Hall of Famer," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "He sat on a 2-0 changeup and hit it
out of the park."
Takatsu came in with runners on first and second with two out in
the 11th. He got Inge on a force out at second to send the lead
runner, Shelton, to third. Takatsu then got Polanco to ground out
With runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth,
Chicago shortstop Juan Uribe made a backhanded grab of Polanco's
one-hopper and barely got him at first.
In the eighth, the Tigers loaded the bases with none out against
reliever Cliff Politte but failed to score.
Polanco and Carlos Guillen opened the inning with singles, and
Dmitri Young followed with a walk. Politte then struck out Ivan
Rodriguez and got Craig Monroe to bounce into a double play to end
"I kind of just got aggressive because I knew I had to throw
some strikes," Politte said. "I got Pudge [Rodriguez] on a good
pitch ... Kind of thought one pitch and get out of it with a double
play ball. I got it and got out of the inning."
Chicago starter Brandon McCarthy allowed two runs and six hits
in 6 1/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five. He
left after giving up Shelton's triple in the seventh.
Detroit starter Jason Johnson allowed three runs and six hits in
Chicago scored twice in the second inning on a RBI single by Joe
Crede and on a wild pitch by Johnson.
But Detroit tied it in the bottom half on Shelton's two-run
homer. His drive into the right-center field stands followed
Monroe's one-out single.
Konerko's two-out, solo home run in the third, his 19th of the
season, gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead.
Thomas' home run his 1,320th run scored, making him the
franchise's career leader. Luke Appling had 1,319. Konerko has 12
RBI in 13 games. ... Detroit RF Magglio Ordonez was 0-for-4 with
Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. He is on a rehab assignment after
being out since April with a hernia. Ordonez is 1-for-10 in three
games with Toledo. ... Shelton has 14 RBI in 14 games.