Tigers Come Up Short In Extra Innings Against White Sox
DETROIT (AP) – Carlos Sanchez hit a three-run triple off Joba Chamberlain in the 10th inning Thursday, and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7.
With the score 5-all, Chamberlain (0-2) walked Melky Cabrera with one out, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch and then allowed pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s two-out infield single to shortstop.
Sanchez tripled past first baseman Miguel Cabrera and all the way to the right-field wall on a 1-2 pitch, putting Chicago ahead 8-5.
David Robertson gave up a two-run single to Bryan Holaday with one out in the bottom half, then retired Ian Kinsler on a flyout and, with runners on first and second, intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases.
Josh Wilson took a ball, then swung and missed at three straight pitches, giving Robertson his 15th save in 19 chances.
Zach Duke (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Adam Eaton homered for Chicago.
Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit two-run homers for Detroit. Martinez has five home runs and 10 RBIs in his last four games.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura let Eaton know he was displeased after Eaton failed to run out an at-bat in Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota. Eaton then sent Alfredo Simon’s second pitch of Thursday’s game into the right-field stands for his second career leadoff homer.
Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon struck out two batters in an eight-pitch seventh, his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2013. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in March 2014 and made 13 appearances during a minor league injury rehabilatation assignment that started May 21. To clear a roster spot, Detroit optioned right-hander Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.
Ventura benched shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Thursday after a 9-for-57 (.158) slump over 15 games. Ramirez pinch hit in the eighth and had an RBI double off Blaine Hardy. He was stranded when Tyler Flowers flied out.
Detroit: Catcher Alex Avila, on the disabled list since May 8 with a loose body in his left knee, is to begin a rehab assignment with Toledo on Friday. Manager Brad Ausmus said Avila will alternate catching the first six days with the Mudhens. He will be evaluated after next Friday’s game.
Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-7) looks for his fourth straight win against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana (3-7).
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