Jones Blows Save, Tigers Fall To White Sox

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Jermaine Dye hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The White Sox rallied to win in the ninth for the first time in 39 games this season after Carlos Guillen put Detroit ahead with a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning.
D.J. Carrasco (1-0) picked up the win by getting two outs in the eighth and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Chicago has won three straight and 16 of 24 and leads the Minnesota Twins by 3 1/2 games and Detroit by 6 1/2 in the AL Central.
The White Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game in the series opener, but Guillen put Detroit back ahead in the home half with a towering home run that sailed an estimated 399 feet off reliever Nick Masset.
Detroit starter Nate Robertson gave up three runs, five hits and a season-high five walks. Joel Zumaya replaced Robertson with two on and none out in the seventh inning.
Zumaya's first pitch was hit by Orlando Cabrera for an RBI single and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a sacrifice fly, cutting Detroit's lead to a run. Then after getting Dye to pop out, Zumaya's pitch got away from Ivan Rodriguez and the catcher threw wildly to third base to let Cabrera score the tying run.
Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth and Todd Jones (4-1) was an out away from ending the game before blowing his third save in 22 chances and hearing boos as he walked to the dugout.
Chicago starter Gavin Floyd gave up four runs, three of them earned, and a season-high nine hits over six innings.
Curtis Granderson scored Detroit's first run -- thanks to Guillen's slide at second that took out Cabrera's legs to break up a likely double play -- and had a tiebreaking run in a three-run third.
Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each had an RBI and multiple hits for the Tigers.
Robertson got off to a fantastic start, retiring the side in order with just 11 pitches over the first two innings.
He got into and out of a jam by walking the leadoff batter in the third and giving up a pair of one-out hits, including Cabrera's RBI single, but he stranded two with a groundout and strikeout.
Ordonez hit a go-ahead single in the home half and Cabrera followed with an RBI double.
Robertson got in and out of trouble again in the fifth, giving up consecutive walks with two outs to load the bases before getting Carlos Quentin to pop up. But manager Jim Leyland didn't give him another chance to escape a jam in the seventh with two runners on, both of whom scored with Zumaya on the mound.


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