Tigers Lose Again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- For the Detroit Tigers, 2008 is starting to resemble 2003.
A.J. Pierzynski drove in five runs with three hits, including a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning Friday that led the Chicago White Sox over the Tigers 8-5.
Detroit, the only winless team in the major leagues, is 0-4 for the first time since the Tigers dropped their first nine games in 2003, when they lost an AL-record 119 times. Not exactly the start hoped for by Detroit, which at $138.7 million opened the season with the second-highest payroll in the major leagues behind the New York Yankees.
Ivan Rodriguez had three hits and drove two runs for Detroit, which was swept by Kansas City at home to start the season.
Carlos Quentin also homered for Chicago.
Boone Logan (1-0) got the final three outs in the sixth, relieving after Brandon Inge singled off starter Jose Contreras. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many chances.
Jason Grilli (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in one inning.
Grilli relieved with the score tied 5-5 in the seventh. Three pitches later, the White Sox led 8-5.
Paul Konerko led off with a double, Jermaine Dye singled on the next pitch to send him to third and Pierzynski followed with a home run into the right-field seats. Pierzynski also doubled twice.
Quentin and Joe Crede followed with consecutive singles and Grilli threw a wild pitch before Juan Uribe grounded into a double play and Orlando Cabrera struck out.
Contreras gave up five runs -- four earned -- 10 hits and four walks.
Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.


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