Final in 12

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/18)

Game 1: Friday, September 17
in 10
Chi White Sox10
Game 2: Saturday, September 18
in 12
Chi White Sox9
Game 3: Sunday, September 19
Chi White Sox6

Tigers 8

(67-80, 33-42 away)

White Sox 9

(73-74, 40-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    DET 02101000400 8 10 0
    CWS 00030000401 9 12 1

    W: D. Marte (5-5)

    L: A. Levine (3-4)

    Chicago 9, Detroit 8 (12 innings)

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Aaron Rowand was just as surprised as the Detroit Tigers were.

    Joe Borchard scored from second base on Rowand's infield single with two outs in the 12th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a wild 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

    "I didn't think about him scoring, I was just trying to beat out the hit and keep the inning going, then I heard the crowd go crazy and I turned around and he slid into home," Rowand said.

    Borchard and Rowand each hit two-run homers in the 10th inning after Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena hit two-run shots in the top half to give Detroit an 8-4 lead.

    With one out in the 12th, Borchard was walked by Al Levine (3-4) and advanced to second on a groundout. Rowand then hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Inge and just beat the throw to first for a hit.

    Borchard didn't have second thoughts about trying to score from second.

    "As soon as the ball was hit I knew I would be rounding third base and trying to score, just in case something did happen at first," Borchard said.

    Borchard never stopped running when he reached third, and scored without a throw when Pena turned to question first base umpire Jeff Nelson's safe call.

    Borchard was hoping to get help from Pena.

    "Normally that's what you are hoping for, that the first baseman hesitates just a little bit and it gives you those extra couple of steps to get in there," Borchard said.

    Chicago's Damaso Marte (5-5) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory as the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak.

    After striking out the side in the eighth and retiring the ninth in order, White Sox reliever Neal Cotts allowed a leadoff single in the 10th to Omar Infante. Two outs later Young hit a two-run homer to right-center, giving the Tigers a 6-4 lead. After Craig Monroe singled, Pena followed with another homer to extend Dteroit's lead to 8-4.

    Still, Tigers manager Alan Trammell wasn't comfortable with the four-run margin.

    "It's kind of like Coors Field. You hope whether you're at Coors, U.S. Cellular or Comerica and you score four in the 10th you can hold on to win," he said. "The bottom line is it's in the books and it's a loss."

    Pena also homered in the fourth inning and Young in the sixth for the Tigers.

    In the White Sox's half of the 10th, Jamie Walker gave up a single to pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez and a two-run homer to Borchard.

    John Ennis entered and gave up a double to pinch-hitter Timo Perez. Rowand then hit a two-run shot making it 8-all. Rowand entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter.

    "Rowand's had a good year. He's hurt us a few times this year," Trammell said.

    Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Paul Konerko had an RBI single and Ross Gload a run-scoring double off Tigers starter Jason Johnson to tie it. Johnson then walked Ben Davis on a 3-1 count loading the bases. After Trammell went out and questioned the call, Johnson began arguing and was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Tschida.

    "I don't know why he threw me out. I walked back to the mound and he shook his head and raised his hand. I did the same thing to him he did to me. If that's cause to throw me out, that's new to me. I didn't say anything directed to him at all," Johnson said.

    Tigers reliever Craig Dingman replaced Johnson and hit Borchard with a pitch to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.

    Young led off the sixth with a homer off Jose Contreras to tie it 4-all.

    Contreras pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked five.

    In 4 2-3 innings, Johnson allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked five. Johnson hasn't won a decision in his last nine starts.

    Game notes

    CF Willie Harris made a leaping catch on Inge's ball in the second inning. Inge went 0-for-3 to end his 13-game hitting streak. ... Detroit RF Bobby Higginson was on base four straight times with three walks and a hit before striking out in the 10th. ... SS Jose Valentin is in a 9-for-77 slump. ... Carlos Lee robbed Pena of an extra bases hit in the 12th with a leaping catch in left near the wall.

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