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Tigers are handed loss No. 101

DETROIT (AP) -- Faced with the go-ahead run on second base and
Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez coming up for Chicago in the
eighth inning, Detroit manager Alan Trammell had some difficult
decisions to make.

Trammell chose to intentionally walk Thomas and pitch to
Ordonez, who hit a tiebreaking single in the White Sox's 6-1
victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

"Pick your poison -- Frank Thomas or Magglio Ordonez," Trammell
said. "That's just like with Boston, it's either Nomar Garciaparra
or Manny Ramirez."

With the victory, Esteban Loaiza became the AL's first 18-game
winner. Loaiza (18-6) allowed one run and four hits, struck out
eight and one walk in eight innings.

"I just wanted to go out there and battle. I never thought I'd
have 18 wins," said Loaiza, a non-roster invitee to training camp.
"I'm still battling. I'm still working hard. I still want to get
every single start that I can and win it."

Chicago leads the AL Central by 1{ games over Minnesota and
Kansas City.

The Tigers lost their 101st game a day after joining the 1962
New York Mets as the only teams in the modern era to lose 100 games
before September.

With the White Sox trailing 1-0, Joe Crede tied it with a
leadoff homer -- his 18th. Roberto Alomar, who had three doubles,
had a two-base hit one out later. One out later, Thomas came to the
plate.

Trammell sent out pitching coach Bob Cluck to asked starter Nate
Cornejo (6-14) if he wanted to face Thomas and the answer was an
emphatic yes. But after the first two pitches were balls, Trammell
called for the intentional walk.

Ordonez then lined a single to left to score Alomar with two
outs.

"I don't know why they do that because I hit pretty good
against Cornejo," Ordonez said. "But it's part of the game. It's
something you can't control. You just try to do your job and get a
hit."

Cornejo allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He
struck out three and walked five.

"A little bit frustrating. The way I felt, I felt good," he
said. "Battled through some innings, had a 1-0 lead. Crede led off
eighth with a home run. It was a cutter that I left over the plate.
He took advantage of it."

The White Sox scored four runs in the ninth off reliever Danny
Patterson, who threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt for the
first run of the inning. Alomar hit an RBI double, Carlos Lee an
RBI single and Frank Thomas a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.

"We were hoping Patty could hold 'em down and give us a chance
in the ninth," Trammell said. "But unfortunately, that didn't
happen."

Warren Morris put Detroit up 1-0 with a two-out single in the
second.

The Tigers only other hits were a bunt single by Alex Sanchez in
the third and a single to left by Danny Klassen in the sixth.

White Sox manager Jerry Manuel raved about Loaiza's season.

"He's a guy that historically, he's changing a whole lot of his
patterns from the past," Manuel said. "Obviously, with this kind
of year and being as consistent as he has been, he's another guy
that when they give out awards, hopefully he'll be in line for
something.

Game notes
Tigers RF Bobby Higginson didn't start because of a pulled
hamstring suffered in Saturday night's game. He pinch-hit in the
eighth. ... Crede has six homers against Detroit this year, and six
in his last 11 games overall. ... The Tigers' Carlos Pena is in an
0-for-12 slump. ... Ordonez extended his hitting streak to eight
games. ... Dmitri Young's 16-game hitting streak ended after he
went 0-for-3.