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Takatsu earns fifth save

DETROIT (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox are playing so well,
they're convinced someone is going to come through with a big play
every day.

It was Scott Podsednik's turn Thursday.

Podsednik hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning,
and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 for their fourth
straight win.

"Every game, somebody's a hero," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen
said. "We're not the type of team that is going to lean on one
guy, and if he doesn't hit, we are done. Everybody is doing their
job."

Chicago's 12-4 record matches the 1935 team White Sox for the
franchise best after 16 games. The White Sox have won the first two
games of all six series this season.

"We're going to go though a stretch where we hit a bump in the
road and not do as well as we can," Mark Buehrle said. "That's
what is going to tell if we are a good team or a bad team."

With Chicago trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Paul Konerko hit a
bad-hop, run-scoring single over shortstop Carlos Guillen's glove.

"How can you account for something like that?" Tigers manager
Alan Trammell asked. "The ball just hit a pothole or spike mark
and bounced over his head."

A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede singled in the seventh, then moved
up on Juan Uribe's sacrifice bunt. Trammell chose to play the
percentages, pulling an obviously frustrated Jeremy Bonderman for
left-hander Jamie Walker.

"I definitely didn't want to come out," Bonderman said. "I
felt fine."

Podsednik then grounded a single just past second baseman Omar
Infante.

"I was just looking for Pod to put the ball in play in that
situation," Ozzie Guillen said. "He had a good at-bat. We
struggle at times, but we get big hits."

Detroit put its first two runners on in the eighth against
Dustin Hermanson, but Ivan Rodriguez flied out and Dmitri Young
grounded into his second inning-ending double play of the day.

"I stunk today," Young said. "I was pathetic."

Mark Buehrle (3-1) gave up three runs and six hits in seven
innings with four strikeouts.

"I had to battle," he said. "I wasn't as sharp as I would
have liked, but the offense scored when we needed them and the
bullpen came in to hold for the win."

Shingo Takatsu followed Hermanson and completed the seven-hitter
for his fifth save. Takatsu, who entered with a 12.27 ERA, retired
the side in order.

"I'm just glad I was able to finish out the game," he said
through an interpreter. "I can tell how Ozzie feels about me, so
it makes me that much more satisfied when I go out there and finish
the game. I could tell how happy he was."

Bonderman (2-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3
innings.

"I pitched a decent game, but I gave up a couple hits in the
last inning and it went the other way," he said. "That's tough to
swallow."

Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez missed his ninth straight
game with a suspected hernia. Tests are trying to determine the
exact injury.

"We don't know when we will hear anything," Trammell said.
"It's up in the air."

Chicago, which has won six of seven, went ahead in the first on
singles by Willie Harris and Carl Everett followed by walks to
Konerko and Jermaine Dye. The White Sox left the bases loaded when
Aaron Rowand took a called third strike and Pierzynski flied out.

Rondell White tied the score with a second-inning homer,
Rodriguez hit a run-scoring single in the third and Guillen hit a
two-out, RBI triple in the fifth as the Tigers built their 3-1
lead.

Game notes
Bonderman has allowed seven first-inning runs in his four
starts. ... Pierzynski is 6-for-12 in his career against Bonderman,
and has a .354 (63-for-178) average against the Tigers. ... Crede
finished with two hits to extend his hitting streak to a
career-best 12 games. ... The 1935 White Sox finished 74-78, 19½
games behind the pennant-winning Tigers.