Tigers Lose Again

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Crede and Paul Konerko each hit grand slams to back Javier Vazquez's strong start, and the red-hot White Sox pounded the struggling Detroit Tigers 11-0 on Sunday.
Konerko's homer came in the third off Kenny Rogers. Crede's grand slam, his second this season, came in the fifth against Zach Miner as the White Sox won for the fifth time in six games against Detroit, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central.
It was the third time the White Sox have hit two grand slams in one game. The last time Chicago did it was May 19, 1996, when Darren Lewis and Robin Ventura homered at Detroit. The first time was Sept. 4, 1995, when Ventura hit two grand slams in a game at Texas.
Chicago already has a 5 1/2-game lead in the division over the Tigers, who have the worst record in the majors at 2-10. The White Sox have outscored Detroit 46-12 this season.
Vazquez (2-1) won his second straight start, scattering five hits in seven innings while striking out nine without a walk.
Rogers (0-3) gave up seven runs on seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He once again pitched with no run support; the Tigers haven't scored a run in his three starts this season.
In the third, Rogers walked Nick Swisher and Orlando Cabrera reached on an infield single. Jim Thome walked and Konerko took an 0-1 fastball to center for a 405-foot homer, his first grand slam since Aug. 3, 2004, and the seventh of his career.
Rogers didn't make it out of the fifth, getting pulled for Miner after Cabrera's double and Thome's single. Konerko struck out, Jermaine Dye hit an RBI double and A.J. Pierzynski was intentionally walked. Thome scored on a wild pitch and Miner walked Carlos Quentin to set up Crede's sixth grand slam, a 393-foot shot to left.
Notes:@ Tigers OF/3B Brandon Inge started at catcher for Ivan Rodriguez, marking his third position in the first two weeks of the season. He started at third base Saturday and has made seven starts in center field. ... Crede hit a grand slam on April 7 against the Twins. ... Konerko also had an RBI single in the first.


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