Monday, September 17, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Tigers 4
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
How it happened: In their final meeting of the season, the White Sox and Tigers went blow for blow. The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 in the third inning, and the White Sox answered with three runs in the fourth. The Tigers responded with a run in the top of the fifth, and the White Sox took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the inning. The go-ahead run scored on an error by Tigers second baseman Omar Infante, who also had an error in Sunday’s loss. Dewayne Wise had two RBIs, and Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham each drove in a run in the win. The White Sox blew a chance at an insurance run and maybe more in the eighth inning when Adam Dunn hit a fly ball to left field that would have been a sacrifice fly. But Wise tagged up at second and was thrown out at third base before Gordon Beckham crossed home plate, ending the inning with the Sox still holding on to a 5-4 lead. The White Sox’s bullpen held the Tigers scoreless over the final four innings. White Sox starter Jose Quintana and Tigers starter Doug Fister couldn’t get out of the fifth inning.
What it means: The White Sox gained a game on the Tigers and now lead them by three games in the American League Central. Both teams have 16 games remaining.
Outside the box: White Sox reliever Nate Jones improved to 8-0 on the season with Monday’s win. He overtook Goose Gossage (1972) for the best start by a White Sox rookie reliever and tied John Whitehead (1935) for best start for a White Sox rookie overall.
Up next: Gavin Floyd (9-10, 4.59) will start for the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals will go with Luke Hochevar (8-13, 5.46) when the teams begin a three-game series in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. CT Tuesday.