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WELCOMES HOME SIZEMORE
(R) ON A PINCH-HIT HOMER<<
@ CHICAGO, IL:
Scott Sizemore snapped a
3-all tie with a pinch-hit 3rHR
(#2) and Justin Verlander
tossed a complete game win
(17-8) as the Tigers beat the
Chicago White Sox 6-3 Saturday.
Batting for his fellow rookie
2Baseman Will Rhymes with 2-out
in the T-8th, Sizemore cranked an 0-1 delivery, 97-mph fastball from Lakeland,
FLA rookie LHP Chris Sale to LField to put Detroit ahead for the second time
in the game after the Sox had battled back from a 3-0 deficit.
The loss went to Sergio Santos (2-1), who had allowed consecutive 2-out
singles to Alex Avila and Austin Jackson to put runners at the corners.
WSox MGR Ozzie Guillen then summoned Sale, Tiger boss Jim Leyland
countered with a RHand pinch-hitter for LHand hitting Rhymes and
Sizemore delivered the biggest hit of his short big league career.
Verlander threw 123-pitches/88-strikes over his 9-IP to allow 3-R/3-ER
on 6-H & 1-W with 8-K. After the Sox deadlocked the contest in the B-5th,
JV retired the final 13 Chicago batters.
Detroit had gone ahead 2-0/T-1st on a 2-out, 2r1B by Ryan Raburn.
Rhymes made it 3-0/T-4th with a 2-out RBI-2B. These three runs came off
WSox starter Lucas Harrell.
Chicago tied it with a 3-R/B-5th on RBI doubles by Mark Teahen and
Alex Rios sandwiched around an RBI forceout off the bat of Juan Pierre.
The second place ChiSox suffered their 9th loss in 11 games and now
lead third place Detroit by five games with 15 days to play on the season.
The Tigers returned to the .500-mark at 74-74.
DET 6-12-0, 9-LOB (W) Verlander, 17-8
CWS 3-6-0, 4-LOB (L) Santos, 2-1
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Verlander is] a special talent. We all know that.
You don't just find guys like that."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: "The thing I'm most proud of is getting wins for
the team. Wins [are] not a singular stat. It's probably the most team-oriented
stat there is. You get that many wins in that many years, it has a whole lot to
do with the guys playing behind me."
TIGERS PH/2B SCOTT SIZEMORE: "It was awesome. [Sale] has got good stuff.
I was just trying to get the barrel on the ball and got enough elevation to get
it out...Coming off the bench isn't always the easiest thing. You just have to
be ready for the fastball and all I was trying to do was put the barrel on it."
WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN: "When the game was 3-0, I was thinking about how
we could come back and we did. We battled against [Verlander], but he had only
one bad inning out of nine. He threw the ball very well. He was throwing a lot of
off-speed pitches and we saw a fastball when he had to."
Verlander is the only active major leaguer with four consecutive seasons
of at least 17 victories. The last big league pitcher to achieve this feat was
Dwight Gooden in the mid-1980s.
The loss by Santos was the first of his MLB career.
With the fifth straight White Sox loss, Chicago now trails first place
Minnesota by 10 games and the Twins' magic number to clinch the AL-Central
was reduced to five.
The series finale will be on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball." Probable pitchers are
John Danks (13-11, 3.60) of the WSox vs Jeremy Bonderman (8-9, 5.04) of the Tigers.
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