Higginson reaches base five times

DETROIT (AP) -- Eric Munson was starting to wonder if his slump
was ever going to end.

Munson, who had been hitting .167 in his last 36 games, hit a
go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Detroit
Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"Some days, you feel great and you get nothing out of it," he
said. "Tonight, I felt terrible and I ran into one. I've been
having a bad year, so it felt good to help tonight."

Munson came in in a 16-for-96 slumpm and was 0-for-3 before his
big hit.

"You have to credit Munson," Chicago first baseman Paul
Konerko said. "He was having a tough night, and then he hits a big
homer off a lefty as a left-handed hitter. That's huge."

Bobby Higginson reached base in all five plate appearances with
a homer, double and three walks, and Omar Infante also homered for
the Tigers.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 going into the seventh, Carlos Pena
and Craig Monroe hit one-out singles off Neal Cotts (4-4). Munson
followed by lining a three-run shot just inside the right-field
foul pole for his first homer since Sept. 16.

"This was a nice win," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
"I'm happy for Munson. He's had some frustration, but he's still a
guy that gives you a power threat."

Franklyn German (1-0) picked up the win in relief with two
perfect innings, and Esteban Yan pitched the ninth for his seventh

Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game in the third with a
tight right hamstring. The injury occurred when he was running out
a single. He was replaced by Brandon Inge and is day-to-day.

"I don't think this is going to be too serious," Trammell
said. "He was going to get tomorrow off anyway, and we hope he'll
be back for Thursday's doubleheader."

Konerko hit his 41st homer, placing him in a tie for fourth on
the White Sox's single-season list. Joe Crede also homered for

"When you come to Detroit, you don't expect homers," Chicago
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Tonight was like a home run derby."

Detroit took a quick 2-0 lead when Infante and Higginson led off
the first with back-to-back homers, but starter Nate Robertson
couldn't hold it.

Crede made it 2-1 with a solo homer in the second, and the White
Sox tied it in the third.

Rookie Wilson Valdez reached on third baseman Munson's error,
stole second, took third on a flyout to center and scored on Juan
Uribe's single to center.

After leaving the bases loaded in the third and two more on in
the fourth, Detroit took a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Higginson led off
with a double, moved to third on Inge's single and scored on Sandy
Alomar's passed ball.

Konerko hit a two-run homer into the left-field seats in the
sixth to give Chicago a 4-3 lead.

"I battled for six innings, but I made a mistake to Konerko,"
Robertson said. "I just got too careful with him."

Robertson gave up four runs -- three earned -- in six innings,
while White Sox starter Jose Contreras allowed three runs -- two
earned -- in 5 2-3 innings.

"I felt good after the first inning," Contreras said. "I just
needed to get command of my pitches."

Game notes
The Tigers last started a game with back-to-back homers on
June 3, 2002, when Ramon Santiago and Damion Easley did it against
Boston's Pedro Martinez. ... Uribe's stolen base was the first of
his career. ... Albert Belle hit 49 homers in 1998, while Frank
Thomas hit 43 (2000), 42 (2003) and 41 (1993). ... Robertson is
winless in his last five starts. He has one more chance to become
the first Tigers lefty to win 13 games since Justin Thompson in