Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Friday, September 17
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Game 2: Saturday, September 18
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Game 3: Sunday, September 19
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Tigers 11

(67-79, 33-41 away)

White Sox 10

(72-74, 39-33 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 17, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Yan (3-4)

    L: S. Takatsu (6-4)

    S: J. Ennis (1)

    Pena homer in 10th is winner

    CHICAGO (AP) -- With the game tied in the 10th inning, Carlos Pena was just hoping to make contact against Shingo Takatsu.

    He did a lot more, leading the Detroit Tigers to a victory.

    Pena homered off Takatsu to lead off the 10th and the Tigers outslugged the Chicago White Sox for an 11-10 victory Friday night.

    "He's a very tough pitcher. His delivery's different than anything we're used to. He's not the all-time saves leader in Japan for nothing," Pena said. "He threw me one of those rising fastballs. Believe me, it's not easy. I'm just glad I made contact."

    Omar Infante led off the game with a home run and hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning for the Tigers, who have won two in a row. Craig Monroe, Bobby Higginson and Dmitri Young also homered for Detroit.

    The six home runs the Tigers hit tied their own mark for the second-most hit at U.S Cellular Field. They also hit six on July 2, 2002.

    "I lost track of all the home runs," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "But we needed every one. It seems like we've had a few games here like this. I'm a little drained."

    Paul Konerko had four hits, including a pair of two-run homers, and Sandy Alomar Jr. and Willie Harris added solo homers for the White Sox, who have lost five straight.

    Esteban Yan (3-4) got the win, despite blowing the save. He gave up back-to-back pinch-hit singles to Timo Perez and Ross Gload in the ninth and walked Sandy Alomar Jr. to load the bases. During Harris' at-bat, Yan threw a wild pitch allowing Perez to score and tie it at 10.

    Yan took over the closer's role when Ugueth Urbina left the Tigers following his mother's kidnapping in Venezuela on Sept. 1.

    "It just seemed like nobody wanted to win that game," Konerko said. "We kept on giving it back to them and they kept on giving it back to us. Usually when that happens, the home team has the advantage. But like most things lately, we found a way to get beat."

    John Ennis pitched the 10th for his first major league save. He allowed back-to-back singles to Carlos Lee and Konerko, but struck out Ben Davis to end the game.

    "John Ennis deserves a lot of credit," Trammell said. "He struck out Ben Davis on a 3-2 slider. It's not the way we designed it. It was a little nerve-wracking."

    Takatsu (6-4) gave up Pena's 22nd homer of the season on a 2-1 pitch to start the 10th. It was the sixth homer the White Sox closer has given up this year.

    Trailing 5-1 in the sixth, the Tigers got within a run against White Sox starter Jason Grilli. Infante walked to lead off the inning, and Higginson followed with his 10th homer. One out later, Grilli gave up a solo shot to Young, cutting the White Sox's lead to 5-4.

    Alomar homered off Nate Robertson in the sixth for his first homer since opening day and gave the White Sox a 6-4 lead.

    The Tigers came back in the seventh off White Sox reliever Damaso Marte. Grilli retired Brandon Inge for the first out, but was replaced by Marte, who struck out Jason Smith for the second out. But Marte walked pinch-hitter Marcus Thames and gave up a tying two-run homer to Infante making it 6-all.

    Higginson chased Marte with a walk, and Jon Adkins gave up a single to Ivan Rodriguez and Young followed with a single to left that scored Higginson and gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Monroe cleared the bases with a three-run homer that extended the lead to 10-6.

    Tigers reliever Franklyn German loaded the bases in the seventh. Al Levine came in and struck out Joe Crede, but gave up a two-run double to Joe Borchard, cutting the Tigers' lead to 10-8.

    Levine gave up a pinch-hit homer to Harris in the eighth.

    For the fourth time this season, Infante led off the game with a homer. Robertson gave up a two-out single to Lee in the first and Konerko followed with a homer to right-center on the next pitch.

    Robertson pitched six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking two.

    In the second, Wilson Valdez had an RBI single for his first career hit, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

    Konerko hit another two-run homer in the fifth, making it 5-1. It was Konerko's 38th of the season, putting him in second place in the AL and gave him a career-high 106 RBI.

    Grilli pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits -- including three homers.

    Game notes


    Tigers CF Curtis Granderson made his first visit to U.S. Cellular Field as a major leaguer. Granderson, grew up in suburban Blue Island. He was 0-for-2. ... Alomar made his first start at DH since May 3, 1999, at Texas.

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