CHICAGO (AP) -- In the end, all that mattered to the Detroit
Tigers was the result.
Nate Robertson scattered four hits over seven innings, Chris
Shelton and Omar Infante homered, and the Tigers survived a
three-run rally by the White Sox in the ninth to beat Chicago 8-6
Wednesday and take two of three from the winningest team in the
In a game interrupted by rain for 1 hour, 11 minutes in the
fourth inning, Detroit got its ninth victory in 13 games and
stopped Freddy Garcia's six-game winning streak
"It keeps us hanging in there as far as contending for the
wild-card spot," Robertson said.
Detroit (46-47) trails Chicago by 16 games in the AL Central,
but is only five back in the wild card heading into a five-game
series with Minnesota.
"We have a chance," right fielder Magglio Ordonez said. "We
need to keep playing the way we've been playing."
Robertson (5-7) allowed three runs, struck out six and walked
two. He is 3-2 in his last six starts, allowing eight runs -- seven
earned -- in 37 innings over his last six starts.
Shelton hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Infante
homered leading off a four-run ninth for Detroit. Ordonez, the
former White Sox All-Star, extended his hitting streak to 12 with
Garcia (9-4), trying to win seven straight decisions for the
first time in his career, allowed six runs and 12 hits in
eight-plus innings. He had been 6-0 in his prior 11 starts and 13-1
with a 2.40 ERA in his previous 18 day starts.
He left in the ninth after allowing Infante's homer and a single
to Nook Logan.
"I told Freddy after the pitch to Infante that it was my
fault," catcher Chris Widger said. "I called for a changeup, and
as soon as I called it, I didn't feel good about it."
Kyle Farnsworth, who allowed the ninth-inning runs, was relieved
by Craig Dingman with runners on first and second. Dingman retired
Iguchi on a grounder back to the mound for his second career save,
his first since 2001 with Colorado.
It was the first appearance since Saturday for Farnsworth, who
has been bothered by a sore neck.
"He said he was OK to go out there, but I don't think he was,"
manager Alan Trammell said. "All I can go on is what guys are
Rain stopped the game after Chicago's Frank Thomas singled with
one out in the bottom of the fourth and the Tigers leading 2-1. But
the delay did not seem to bother Robertson. After play resumed,
Paul Konerko flied to left and Carl Everett popped out.
Shelton's homer marked the seventh time in Garcia's last 10
starts that the opponent scored in the first inning.
Iguchi homered in the bottom half, but the Tigers' lead grew to
3-1 with one out in the fifth when Brandon Inge scored from first
on a single by Carlos Guillen and throwing error by center fielder
Aaron Rowand. Uribe's RBI single in the bottom of the inning cut it
Garcia's wild pitch allowed Ivan Rodriguez to score from third
with two out in the sixth. Widger made it 4-3 with his two-out
homer in the seventh.
"You look at this club and they never say die," Trammell said
of the White Sox. "That's a direct result of the kind of season
they've had. It's never a good feeling to know that when they get
that momentum going, it doesn't matter who you have out there."
With Scott Podsednik and Joe Crede, bothered since early
July by a pair of herniated discs, out of the lineup, Pablo Ozuna
started at third and batted leadoff for Chicago. Everett played
left and batted fifth. Podsednik pinch hit for Ozuna in the eighth,
and Crede went to third in the ninth. ... Tigers OF Rondell White,
bothered since late June by bone chips in his right shoulder, did
not play. ... With runners on first and second with one out in the
second inning, the Tigers' Craig Monroe broke from second on Nook
Logan's fly to left, leading to a double play.