DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Guillen is earning respect around the
majors with his breakthrough season.
"He can really do it all," Detroit Tigers manager Alan
Trammell. "He's such a well-rounded player -- he has the talent,
but he is also a very observant player. He makes smart plays."
Guillen went 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer, helping the
Tigers beat the slumping Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night.
The All-Star shortstop, acquired in an offseason trade from
Seattle for two fringe players, is hitting .317 with 20 homers and
a team-best 94 RBI.
"This has been a great season for me," Guillen said. "I don't
think I'm a power hitter, but I've been able to hit the ball
"We've only got a few weeks left in the season, but we are
still playing well," Trammell said. "That's a good sign."
"Some people pay to watch this team, but I get paid to watch
them," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's frustrating."
Robertson (11-7) won for the second straight start, giving up
one run and eight hits while matching the longest outing of his
career. He struck out six and walked one.
"The last time I pitched against those guys, I couldn't locate
anything and they really pounded me," he said. "Tonight, I was
able to get the ball where I wanted it. I gave up some hits, but I
kept them from putting up any big numbers."
Mark Buehrle (11-8) dropped to 1-5 in his last seven starts,
allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.
"It seems that no one is getting the job done," he said. "We
keep saying that we have 40 games left, but winning one out of five
isn't going to get it done."
Chicago went ahead 1-0 on Joe Borchard's RBI single in the
fourth, but the Tigers scored twice in the bottom half.
Rondell White led off the inning with a single and took third on
Craig Monroe's double. Buehrle struck out Carlos Pena, but Thames
lined a single to left. White scored easily, and Monroe beat left
fielder Carlos Lee's weak throw to the plate to put Detroit ahead.
Guillen made it 3-1 in the fifth, but was nearly thrown out on
the bases twice. He led off the inning with a drive to right-center
and tried to stretch it into a double. The throw beat him by
several feet, but third baseman Joe Crede missed the tag.
"That's how I like to play the game," Guillen said. "I like
to be aggressive and put pressure on the defense."
Guillen homered off Cliff Politte in the seventh and Thames had
an RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-1.
Ozzie Guillen was surprised at the chances Detroit took on the
"I think their third-base coach was gambling," he said.
"(Lee) made good throws, but we didn't make the tags. We got beat
by those two tag plays."
Olympic gold medalist Carly Piper threw out the first
pitch. Piper, who was part of the American 4x200 freestyle relay
team, grew up in suburban Detroit. ... Burke was cut over the left
eye in the fifth-inning collision with Guillen, but stayed in the
game. ... Pena, Monroe and Lee all extended hitting streaks to 11
games. ... Guillen's extra-base hits made him the first player in
Tigers history to have 30 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers and 10
steals in a season. ... Mike Jackson pitched the eighth for his
1,003rd career appearance, breaking his tie with Goose Gossage for
eighth all-time. ... Urbina made his 500th career appearance.