Thomas has 10 homers in past 12 games

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers made more dubious history.

With a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, the
Tigers (34-100) joined the 1962 Mets as the only teams in the
modern era to lose 100 games before September.

"This really doesn't hurt any more than the others," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "I know it is a round number, but that
doesn't mean anything to me. We competed and we played pretty well,
so it isn't as painful as a lot of them."

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox and
combined to drive in five runs. Chicago is again alone in first
place in the AL Central because Kansas City was rained out.

"We have to keep the blinders on and just worry about
ourselves," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We've just got to run our

Mike Maroth (6-19) took the loss and is one defeat from becoming
the first pitcher since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20
games in a season. Kingman is reportedly planning to attend
Maroth's next start.

"I really don't care about 20 at this point," Maroth said. "I
don't want my next start to be a circus, but that's probably what's
going to happen. I just have to deal with it."

Maroth, expected to start again Thursday against Cleveland or
Friday in Toronto, allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in
6 1-3 innings.

"He's going to make his start -- we just aren't sure when we
will be going to a six-man rotation," Trammell said. "I didn't
think he pitched too badly tonight -- I certainly don't think we
have any better options than Mike with a month left in the

Jon Garland (10-10) earned his second win in six August starts,
allowing two runs on five hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

"I think his breaking ball has gotten a lot better -- I'm seeing
a lot of swings and misses from that," Manuel said. "It has
gotten a little bite to it, and that's been an effective pitch for
him lately."

Garland has 18 strikeouts in his last two starts -- his previous
season best for back-to-back outings was 11.

"He's made some kind of adjustment, that's for sure,"
Detroit's Carlos Pena said. "When he throws the ball, you have no
idea if it is going to sink or cut, and that gives him a huge

Three White Sox relievers finished, with Damaso Marte working 1
2-3 perfect innings and Tom Gordon getting the final two outs.

The White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the third. With two outs, Tony
Graffanino doubled, Lee walked and Thomas lined his 38th homer into
the left-field stands. Thomas has 10 homers in his last 12 games.

The Tigers got a run back in the bottom half on Danny Klassen's
RBI single, but Jose Valentin's diving stop turned a possible
run-scoring hit by Dmitri Young into an inning-ending double play.

"That was just a reaction play," Valentin said. "I just
wanted to get a double play, because we can't afford to lose. We
can't win every game, but the series are getting bigger. We can't
lose any of those."

Chicago loaded the bases with none out in the sixth, but Thomas
ran through a stop sign and was thrown out at the plate by center
fielder Ben Petrick on a shallow fly. Joe Crede then grounded into
a forceout to end the inning.

Like the White Sox, the Tigers had three on with no outs in the
sixth, but Craig Monroe struck out and Warren Morris hit into a
double play.

"That hurt us a lot," Trammell said. "We had just done it to
them, and they reciprocated. We had a real chance to get Mike a win

Chicago extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh, scoring again
with two outs. Graffanino tripled, and Lee chased Maroth with a
long homer to left.

Ramon Santiago's RBI single made it 5-2 in the bottom of the

Game notes
Paul Konerko's two hits gave him five straight multihit
games for Chicago. ... Young's sixth-inning single extended his
hitting streak to a season-best 16 games. ... Lee's 27 homers are a
new career high. ... Magglio Ordonez was in right field for
Chicago, despite leaving Friday's game in the first inning with a
finger injury. ... The Tigers need to go 19-9 in their final 28
games to avoid the first 110-loss season in franchise history. ...
White Sox pitchers struck out 13. ... The White Sox sent pitcher
Neal Cotts to Double-A Birmingham after the game, but did not
immediately replace him on the roster.