CHICAGO -- Detroit Tigers starter Armando Galarraga's chances of throwing another near-pefect game ended quickly Tuesday night as the White Sox lead-off man Juan Pierre singled up the middle in the bottom of the first inning.
The Tigers pitcher admitted that Pierre's single took a lot of pressure off him that he had been carrying around since the near-perfect game against the Cleveland Indians on June 3.
"I think so," Galarraga said. "I said that's it. It's now a whole new game. I kind of laughed, you know?"
Galarraga gave up seven hits and two runs in five innings. He was removed after 104 pitches.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland agreed that a lot of pressure came off Galarraga after Pierre's hit.
"Pierre's good," Leyland said. "He's a pesky guy, and he got a hit right off the bat. I think [Galarraga] was a little tense, and that's to be expected. He probably got more attention last week than he ever did in his whole life. He now knows what it is that the stars go through all the time."
White Sox fans gave Galarraga nice applause when he was introduced.
"It's nice on the fans' part," Leyland said. "But I'm glad we're moving past it, the whole hoopla. Hopefully it's over and we can move on."
Galarraga is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in four starts against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He received a no-decision on Tuesday.
The White Sox are 4-20 this season in games following a victory. That also includes losing 15 in their last 16 attempts at winning two in a row.
In 18 of the White Sox's 33 losses they have held the lead in the game like they did on Tuesday night.
Set-up man Matt Thornton has allowed an earned run in three straight appearances [seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings]. That's the first time he has allowed a run in three straight games since July 31, 2008 to Aug. 5, 2008. The White Sox bullpen has allowed a run in six of their past seven games [5.76 ERA, 19 earned runs, 29 2/3 innings].