Sox Split Doubleheader As Jeremy Bonderman Leads Detroit To A 7-1 Win

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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Jeremy Bonderman allowed one run in 6 2/3 solid innings, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox and a split of a day-night doubleheader.

In the opener, Alexei Ramirez was one of four players to drive in two runs in Chicago’s 12-2 rout of Detroit.

The nightcap, though, was all about Bonderman (6-6), who allowed just five hits and a walk while fanning five in one of his most effective outings of the season. The righty helped the Tigers snap a three-game losing streak and remain seven games behind the White Sox in the AL Central — where they began the day.

Johnny Damon had three hits, drove in two runs and scored once for Detroit, while Brennan Boesch had two RBI in the win.

Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox, who had won seven of eight coming into the contest. Carlos Torres (0-1), making his season debut, gave up five runs, nine hits and five walks in six innings to receive the loss.

The Tigers plated a run in the first on Boesch’s fielder’s choice groundout and tacked on four more in the second.

Ryan Raburn began the big inning with an infield single and immediately came around to score on Alex Avila’s double to left. Torres retired the next two hitters, but Will Rhymes plated Avila on a single and scored on Damon’s double to right. Damon took third on the play.

After Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners, Boesch’s RBI ground-rule double to left-center increased the Tigers’ lead to 5-0.

Meanwhile, Bonderman dominated. The White Sox didn’t register a hit until Omar Vizquel and Konerko both singled in the fourth. With runners on first and second and one out, Ramirez grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Konerko finally got Chicago on the board in the seventh, leading off the inning with his 26th home run of the season.

After Bonderman exited with two outs in the seventh, the Tigers’ bullpen shut down the White Sox the rest of the way. Detroit added to its lead in the eighth when Ramon Santiago scored on an error and Austin Jackson came home on a fielder’s choice.

The White Sox still lead the season series, 4-2…Torres went 1-2 with a 6.04 earned run average last season in eight games, including five starts…Despite the win, the Tigers went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Chicago went 0-for-4.

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Pierre, Rios, Viciedo Homer In White Sox Day Game Victory

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alexei Ramirez was one of four players to drive in two runs, as the Chicago White Sox pounded Detroit, 12-2, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.

Ramirez, who collected four hits and scored three runs, was joined by Juan Pierre, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham with two RBI. Mark Buehrle (10-8) gave up two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The White Sox began this four-game series with a slim one-game lead over Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.

Detroit's Rick Porcello (4-10) was rocked for seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Tigers have lost nine of their last 11 games.

Early on, It looked to be a promising outing for the struggling Porcello, who retired the first six batters in order, but everything fell apart in the third.

Ramirez led off with a single and Beckham drew a one-out walk before Pierre lined an RBI double to right-center field. Omar Vizquel followed with a sacrifice fly and Rios stroked an RBI single. Rios then stole second and came around to score when Paul Konerko grounded a single up the middle to increase the lead to 4-0.

Detroit got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an Austin Jackson single, but Beckham lofted a sac fly in the fourth to restore Chicago's four- run advantage.

Pierre jumped on a 1-1 curveball to start the fifth inning, sending it over the right-field wall for his first home run since September 15, 2008. His home run came after 809 at-bats without one.

One out later, Rios blasted his 17th home run of the season to make it 7-1.

The White Sox put up another four-spot in the seventh off reliever Enrique Gonzalez, with all the runs coming with two outs. Mark Kotsay hit a run- scoring single, Ramirez contributed a two-run double and scored on Beckham's single to center.

Dayan Viciedo homered off Detroit's Brad Thomas to give Chicago a 12-1 cushion in the eighth.

A Jeff Frazier RBI single in the home half of the inning accounted for the final score.

Buehrle is 7-2 in his last nine decisions...Buehrle has won at least 10 games for the 10th consecutive season, joining CC Sabathia as the only active pitchers to accomplish that feat...Jackson had three hits for Detroit, which opened a 10-game homestand...Porcello is 0-6 in his last eight starts...Chicago opened an eight-game road trip...The White Sox lead the season series, 4-1...Chicago placed reliever Erick Threets on the 15-day disabled list with turf toe and recalled pitcher Carlos Torres from Triple-A Charlotte. Torres is scheduled to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

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Sox Place Threets On DL, Activate Torres

Via Chicago Breaking Sports:

The White Sox placed left-handed starter Erick Threets on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday’s first game at Detroit.

Threets was diagnosed with turf toe of his left big toe. Carlos Torres will be promoted from Triple-A Charlotte to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday night.

The article also suggests that this year’s first round pick Chris Sale could soon be promoted.

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Sox Begin Road Trip With Afternoon Makeup Game

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers are fading from the American League Central race at a rapid rate, but can make up some ground when they begin a four-game set versus the division-leading Chicago White Sox with a day-night doubleheader Tuesday from Comerica Park.

The Tigers, who will open a 10-game homestand today, are currently seven games behind the White Sox in the AL Central and have lost eight of their last 10 games. They ended a four-game slide with a win over Boston on Friday before losing the last two portions of that series. In Sunday's 4-3 decision at Fenway Park, Robbie Weinhardt's throwing error on a Marco Scutaro bunt in the bottom of the ninth allowed the game-winning run to score.

Brad Thomas was handed the loss for his effort in the eighth inning, while starter Justin Verlander did not record a decision for allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out eight and walked three.

"I'm proud of my guys cause they've been busting their tail out there," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "They're fighting tooth and nail out there and that's all anyone can ask. We're just playing good enough to get beat and that's not good."

Miguel Cabrera knocked in two runs and Jhonny Peralta had an RBI for the Tigers, who will also host the Angels and Rays on their 10-game homestand.

Taking the ball for Leyland's club in the first matchup will be struggling starter Rick Porcello, who is 0-5 in his last seven starts, with the Tigers going 1-6 in that span. Porcello previously toed the rubber in a 4-2 loss last Thursday at Tampa Bay, where he yielded four runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Porcello fell to 4-9 in 16 starts, but was able to slightly lower his ERA from 5.55 to 5.50. The righty hasn't fared well in his career against Chicago, as evidenced by his 0-3 mark in three starts. He last faced the White Sox in 15-3 decision on June 9 and allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Jeremy Bonderman is scheduled to go in the nightcap for Detroit and is 5-6 with a 5.05 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) this season. He hasn't recorded a decision in consecutive outings and previously pitched in a 6-5 win over Toronto on July 25, as he surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings. The righty, who is 3-2 in the past five decisions, owns a less-than-stellar mark in his career against Chicago, going 5-10 in 16 tries.

The White Sox are only a game ahead of Minnesota in the Central standings and have won six of their last seven games. They will open an eight-game road trip through Detroit and Baltimore, and are coming off Sunday's 4-1 victory versus the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a three-game set.

Brent Lillibridge stroked a three-run triple during a four-run fifth inning and Juan Pierre added an RBI bunt single for the Pale Hose, who got seven innings of one-run ball out of winning starter Gavin Floyd. Floyd carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and Bobby Jenks later fanned two batters in the ninth for his 22nd save.

"Outstanding job," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told the team's site. "The only problem [Floyd] had is when he walked the leadoff hitter [in the sixth]. After that, he was dominating. He threw the ball very well from the beginning."

Mark Buehrle will try to throw the ball well for Chicago in the first game and he's 9-8 with a 4.15 earned run average in 21 starts this season. Buehrle is 6-2 in his last eight decisions, but did not figure into the decision of a 6-5 win over Seattle last Wednesday, despite permitting five runs and nine hits in five innings of work.

The left-hander, who is just 4-6 in 11 road starts this season, sports a 4-6 record in 11 career starts against the Tigers. Taking the ball for Chicago in the nightcap will be Carlos Torres, who is expected to be called up from the club's Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. Torres, a right-hander, went 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA in eight games (5 starts) a season ago and tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Tigers in a 5-3 loss on October 4.

Chicago has won three of four meetings with Detroit this season after splitting 18 matchups a year ago. The White Sox have won eight of the previous 11 contests in this series.

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