Detroit 2, Chicago 1

DETROIT (AP) -- It was a great night to be a Detroit rookie

Chris Spurling got his first major league victory, and Wilfredo
Ledezma pitched five scoreless innings in his first major league
start as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Tuesday.

Chris Mears, who made his major league debut June 29, pitched
two innings for his first career save.

"The rookies were the heroes of the night," said Carlos Pena,
whose seventh-inning homer off Jon Garland (6-7) broke a 1-1 tie.

Detroit won for only the second time in its last six games and
improved the worst record in the majors to 22-65.

Spurling (1-1), making his 36th major league appearance, won in
relief of Ledezma, who allowed five hits.

"I felt calm. I was thinking about doing the job," Ledezma
said through Tigers coach Juan Samuel, who translated. "It was the
only thing on my mind."

Ledezma, who made 20 previous major league appearances in
relief, struck out four and walked none.

"He likes to try to throw the ball up over your hands, got a
good fastball," Chicago's Aaron Rowand said. "You've got to try
to lay off it. He got some of us chasing it up there early. We got
some base hits but really couldn't put anything together."

Garland (6-7) gave up both runs and six hits in seven innings as
Chicago lost for the third time in four games.

"Jon gave us a shot. He pitched well," White Sox manager Jerry
Manuel said.

Pena homered with one out in the seventh.

"It felt great to be able to help out my ballclub in that
way," he said. "He was pitching a great game at the time. He had
the cutter going."

Chicago's Magglio Ordonez was ejected in the ninth by plate
umpire Chris Guccione for arguing after he struck out on a

Detroit went ahead in the third on an RBI single by Warren
Morris after Ramon Santiago led off the inning with a walk.

Paul Konerko hit a tying double-play grounder in the seventh.
Ordonez had led off the inning with a double off Spurling.

Morris, who went 3-for-4, nearly homered in the fifth, but
Ordonez leaped near the right-field wall and caught the ball just
above the top of the fence, near the bullpen.

Game notes
It was Pena's first home run since he hit three in
Cleveland on May 19. ... Chicago OF Carl Everett didn't start for
the first time since the White Sox acquired him from Texas on July
1. He pinch hit in the eighth and singled. ... Detroit DH Kevin
Witt went 2-for-3, his second multihit effort in his last three
games. ... Detroit turned four double plays. ... Chicago's Miguel
Olivo is hitless in his last 23 at-bats. ... Roberto Alomar of the
White Sox was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.