Tigers Drop Double Dip To Chicago

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- DeWayne Wise hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep after the bullpen blew a seven-run lead Sunday night.
The White Sox won the first game 4-2 behind Javier Vazquez's 7 2-3 scoreless innings. They appeared on their way to an easy nightcap while building a 7-0 lead behind.
Jim Thome hit his 539th homer and Brian Anderson went deep against Kenny Rogers, but the relievers imploded after John Danks pitched six scoreless innings.
The Tigers tied it at 7-all in the top half of the eighth on a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and grand slam by Marcus Thames. In the bottom of the inning, Wise connected off Kyle Farnsworth with two out. His first career slam came after third baseman Mike Hessman booted Orlando Cabrera's one-hopper -- which was ruled a hit -- to load the bases.
Wise drove an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bullpen, and Chicago grabbed a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central.
The meltdown by the White Sox's bullpen started when Mike Hessman hit a two-run shot off Scott Linebrink in the seventh. Boone Logan allowed a leadoff drive by Chicago-area native Granderson -- the lone batter he faced -- in the eighth, and the lead continued to slip away.
Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez, who hit a two-run homer off closer Bobby Jenks in the first game, followed with singles off D.J. Carrasco. Octavio Dotel then walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases, drawing loud boos from an already restless crowd, and things only got worse after he struck out Gary Sheffield.
Thames drove the first pitch he saw out to left-center, tying it at 7 with his second grand slam this season and the sixth of his career.
In the opener, Vazquez (12-13) took a shutout into the eighth and Alexei Ramirez homered.
"It was big," Vazquez said. "We can't look at what Minnesota's doing. We've got to do our part and win."
Juan Uribe singled in Ken Griffey Jr. in the fifth inning and Ramirez made it 2-0 in the seventh with his 17th homer, sending the White Sox to just their second win in six games. DeWayne Wise added an RBI double in the eighth, and Jermaine Dye drove him in with a single that made it 4-0 and chased Justin Verlander (10-16).
Detroit's Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer off Bobby Jenks in the ninth and the Tigers had the tying run on after Matt Joyce singled with one out, before Gary Sheffield grounded into a game-ending double play.
"Both teams I think were a little slugglish after laying around like that, but not one more than the other obviously," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Come out of it, the ball was kind of funky for the first couple of innings, damp. That's the way it goes, the ball is not going anywhere, but you get back into it."
The late drama aside, the White Sox were glad to get the game in after rain washed out the previous two days. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen couldn't remember a stretch where weather caused such havoc.
The White Sox and Tigers were supposed to play a doubleheader Saturday, and this one appeared to be in jeopardy as the remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled through the area on Sunday. Instead of a day-night doubleheader, the game got delayed 3 hours, 11 minutes and the teams tried to play a standard twinbill. There were only a few hundred fans at U.S. Cellular Field when it started.
Vazquez, who would have pitched Saturday on three days' rest, made it worth their while.
"I played about six years in Montreal so I'm used to (small crowds)," he said.


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