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Detroit 4, Chicago 2

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers rookie Jeremy Bonderman knew it
had been a while since he won a game.

He just didn't have any idea how long it had actually been.

Bonderman (3-13) won for the first time since May 4, ending an
11-start winless streak, as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox
4-2 Wednesday night.

"I don't keep track of dates and things -- I didn't know it had
been since May," the 20-year-old said. "The way this season has
gone for us, it is always nice to get a win."

Bonderman allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He
walked one and struck out three.

"He just threw some strikes," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel
said. "We had a shot there in the first inning when we loaded the
bases up, but we just couldn't get the big two-out hit. We're just
not swinging the bats."

Detroit has won two straight to clinch just their second home
series win of the year.

"It took us until July to win one, and now we've won two in a
row," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "This is a great
feeling, and Jeremy deserves most of the credit. His record is not
indicative of the way he has pitched this year, that's for sure.
I'm just glad we could finally get him a win."

Bonderman entered the game with the worst run support in the
majors -- just 2.32 runs per nine innings. The Tigers have never
scored more than five runs when he is in the game.

The White Sox have now lost four of five while playing two of
the American League's worst teams -- Tampa Bay and Detroit.

"Getting beat by those two teams -- it hurts you," Jose
Valentin said. "Nothing against them, but if you look at their
records, they are the two worst teams in baseball. The way we were
playing after we beat teams like Boston and Minnesota, there's no
way we would lose to these two teams."

Jamie Walker pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings and new closer Chris
Mears pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second career save. The rookie
picked up his first save Tuesday against the White Sox, and has
only allowed one baserunner in seven innings since being called up.

"Right now, performance counts on this team and Chris has the
hot hand," Trammell said. "We're going to ride that wave as long
as it goes."

Bartolo Colon (6-8) dropped to 0-3 in his last six starts. He
gave up four runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings, striking
out four.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the first on Carlos Lee's long homer
to left, but the White Sox left the bases loaded when Joe Crede
popped out to end the inning.

"Carlos hit a great pitch, so there was nothing I could do
about that," Bonderman said. "I just knew I needed to make a
pitch when they loaded the bases and I was able to get the third
out."

Detroit took advantage, scoring twice in the bottom of the
inning. With one out, Morris singled, took second on Colon's balk
and scored on Dmitri Young's single to center. Young advanced to
second on Kevin Witt's base hit and scored on Cody Ross' first
major league hit -- a single.

"That's an awesome feeling," Ross said. "Not only to get my
first hit, but have it come off a great pitcher like Bartolo Colon
and drive in a big run with two outs. That took a big weight off my
shoulders -- now I can just play baseball."

The Tigers made it 3-1 in the fifth. Morris led off with a base
hit, took second on Witt's single and scored on Eric Munson's
ground single past Roberto Alomar at second.

Morris made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the sixth, scoring
Ramon Santiago from second.

Bonderman, meanwhile, did not allow a hit after the first inning
until Valentin's RBI double with none out in the seventh that
pulled Chicago within 4-2.

Bonderman left after striking out the next batter, and Walker
got the last two outs of the inning to strand Valentin.

Game notes
RHP Danny Patterson has a 3.38 ERA in eight rehab outings
with Triple-A Toledo, and is expected back with Detroit after the
All-Star break. Patterson has been out since early last season
after Tommy John surgery. ... Lee's homer was his first of July and
was estimated at 398 feet. ... Detroit committed three errors in
the first four innings. ... Colon has a 5.26 ERA in his six-start
winless streak.