Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Monday, September 27
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 28
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 29
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White Sox 2

(79-77, 33-42 away)

Tigers 4

(69-86, 36-40 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 27, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: G. Knotts (6-6)

    L: J. Grilli (2-2)

    S: E. Yan (6)

    Young's go-ahead HR holds up

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers took advantage of their hits Monday night.

    Dmitri Young hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Detroit got three hits in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox that stopped a five-game losing streak.

    "Just stop the bleeding. Feels like it's been awhile," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

    Gary Knotts (6-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings but threw three wild pitches.

    "This is the best I've seen him throw," Young said.

    Esteban Yan, Detroit's fourth pitcher, got two outs for his sixth save, completing a six-hitter.

    Jason Grilli (2-2) lost despite pitching a three-hitter for his first complete game in 13 career major league starts.

    "Obviously, you want to be on the winning side of things," he said. "They played great defense behind me today."

    Chicago catcher Ben Davis said Grilli had great command.

    "His sinker-curveball combination was pretty good. He was able to throw it at will," Davis said.

    Joe Crede homered, giving Chicago six players with 20 homers for the first time in franchise history.

    "Didn't swing the bats great. Didn't pound out a lot of hits," Detroit second baseman Jason Smith said. "But the hits came at the right time."

    The Tigers, coming off consecutive shutout losses in Baltimore, stopped a 22-inning scoreless streak in the second when Carlos Pena walked, Craig Monroe tripled and Smith drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.

    Russ Gload hit an RBI double in the fourth, and Crede's homer tied the score in the fifth. Young homered in the sixth following a two-out single by Ivan Rodriguez.

    Al Levine relieved Knotts with runners at the corners in the seventh and two outs. After throwing a wild pitch, he retired Aaron Rowand on a fly that Bobby Higginson caught as he slammed into the wall in the right-field corner.

    "Rowand's ball hits the wall or goes over," Grilli said. "That's the difference in the game, too."

    Jamie Walker fanned Davis with a runner on second to end the eighth.

    "We just left the bats in Chicago. We packed the wrong bats," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.

    Game notes

    Grilli is the son of former major league pitcher Steve Grilli, who played for the Tigers from 1975-77. ... The other Chicago players with 20 or more homers are Paul Konerko (40), Carlos Lee (29), Jose Valentin (29), Aaron Rowand (22) and Juan Uribe (21). ... Gload extended his hitting streak to 11 games (17-for-37).

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