DETROIT (AP) -- When Magglio Ordonez joined Frank Thomas on the
disabled list in July, the Chicago White Sox fell apart. They won
just eight times during a 28-game stretch and plummeted out of
Chicago isn't going to challenge the Minnesota Twins for the AL
Central lead in the final weekend of the season, but it is closing
an up-and-down season relatively well.
Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and a two-run homer and Freddy Garcia pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the White Sox past Detroit 11-2 Wednesday for their eighth win in 12 games.
"We are out of the race, but it is important to finish strong
and play the game right," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Ross Gload hit a two-run homer and Joe Borchard and Juan Uribe
added solo home runs for the White Sox, who need to win one of
their final four games at Kansas City to avoid their first losing
season since 1999.
Garcia (13-11) struck out eight and gave up five hits and three
walks over seven innings. He is 9-4 with Chicago since it acquired
him on June 27 from Seattle. Soon after Garcia joined the White
Sox, he signed a $27 million, three-year deal, deciding he didn't
want to be a free agent this offseason.
"I'm happy about knowing I will be back," Garcia said. "This
team is going to work very hard to get to the postseason next year.
That's the goal."
Lee went 4-for-5 and is one RBI away from his second straight
30-homer, 100-RBI season. He hit his 30th homer off Jason Johnson
in the third and his 31st off John Ennis in the ninth. Since the
All-Star break, Lee is hitting .323 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI.
"Carlos has been carrying us without the two guys we lost,"
Guillen said. "Hopefully, he can get that 100th RBI."
Lee hit .291 with 31 homers and 113 RBI last year, his sixth in
"It has been nice to come back and have another good year," he
said. "This proves that I wasn't just lucky last season."
The Tigers beat the White Sox in 11 of 19 games, winning the
season series for the first time since 1997.
Johnson (8-15) lost his seventh straight decision and hasn't won
since he helped Detroit beat the White Sox on July 29. He gave up
seven runs -- six on homers -- on nine hits over seven innings.
"People talk about this being a pitcher's ballpark, but it's
not even close," Johnson said. "Center field is the only safe
The Tigers rested Ivan Rodriguez, who left Tuesday's game with a
tight right hamstring, but hope he will play Thursday at Tampa Bay.
Gload's two-run homer in the first inning extended his hitting
streak to a career-high 13 games.
Garcia needed to get out of only one jam against Detroit.
After Pena and Inge singled in the second inning, he struck out
two, then loaded the bases with a walk before getting Jason Smith
out on a pop foul.
"He throws a lot more breaking balls than he used to," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "That's still an area that we have to
get better at because he threw breaking balls well over 50 percent
of the time."
^Notes:@ Garcia is 9-0 in 10 starts during the day, 4-11 at night
and 7-1 in his last eight starts on the road. He fell one short of
his season high in strikeouts. ... The Tigers will travel to Tampa
Bay for a doubleheader on Thursday before returning home for a
three-game series against the Devil Rays.