Garcia allows five hits in first complete game of season

DETROIT (AP) -- Freddy Garcia made sure the Chicago White Sox
didn't get too late of a start on their trip to the West Coast.

After a rain delay of 2 hours, 4 minutes, Garcia needed barely
more time than that to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Thursday,
pitching a a five-hitter for his first complete game of the season.
The game sped by in just 2:08.

"Awesome," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said as his team
prepared to head for Oakland. "Freddy did a tremendous job and
saved the bullpen for the next couple days."

The Tigers lost their fourth in a row. The White Sox completed
their first sweep in Detroit since 2002 and improved to 7-1 against
the Tigers this season.

"This is tough, because we feel like we are the better team,"
Craig Monroe said. "But being the best team on paper doesn't mean
anything. They came in here and did everything they needed to do,
and that's hard to accept."

Chicago is 16 games ahead of the fourth-place Tigers in the AL

"Hopefully, we continue to build on what we did in the last
three months," Guillen said.

Garcia (8-3) improved to 5-0 in his last eight starts. The only
run he gave up was unearned, and he struck out eight in his first
complete game since beating San Diego in his final start for
Seattle on June 25 last year. He was traded to the White Sox two
days later.

"I had a good fastball, and I threw it for strikes when I
needed it," Garcia said. "In the first three innings, I threw
some bad pitches, but I didn't lose my concentration."

Mike Maroth (5-9) dropped to 1-7 in his last nine starts,
allowing five runs and six hits in seven innings. All five runs
scored on homers by Joe Crede and Carl Everett.

"I made two bad pitches," he said. "Without those pitches, it
is a different game."

Garcia did a good job of avoiding early trouble, escaping a
second-and-third jam in the first inning by striking out Rondell
White and Craig Monroe.

Vance Wilson put Detroit ahead 1-0 in the second with an RBI
single -- just his fourth hit in 38 at-bats -- but Garcia got out of
another second-and-third, one-out situation with a strikeout and a
grounder. He didn't allow another runner until Monroe's two-out
single in the sixth.

"Give that guy credit," Monroe said. "He's got one of the
best sliders in the game -- it is coming at you 94 miles an hour
straight down."

Maroth didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when Jermaine Dye
drew a leadoff walk and Aaron Rowand singled. Chris Widger bunted
into a forceout at third base, but Crede followed with a three-run
homer into the left-field bullpen.

"He kind of left a curveball over the plate and I was able to
hit it hard," Crede said. "This has been fun. I can't recall any
time I've had this much fun on a team."

In the fifth, Paul Konerko singled with one out and Everett hit
his 12th homer. a drive over the bullpen.

Chicago added a run on Dye's RBI double in the eighth.

"I certainly see why this team is in first place," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "They play the right way."

Game notes
Crede has hit just two of 11 homers off left-handers. ...
The White Sox placed LHP Damaso Marte (inflamed muscle on the left
side of his upper back) on the 15-day DL and recalled LHP Kevin
Walker from Triple-A Charlotte. ... The temperature at noon was in
the low-90s, but dropped 20 degrees after the heavy rain that
delayed the start. ... Garcia is 13-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last
18 afternoon starts. ... Chicago claimed LHP Ryan Wing off waivers
from Texas and optioned him to Class A Winston-Salem. Wing, 23, was
2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 12 games with Class A Bakersfield this