Final in 11
8:10 PM ET, August 13, 2013
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
"I'm just trying to do my job, play hard and do something good for my team," Garcia said. "I'm trying to win games."
The White Sox believe their turnaround will be quick because of a solid young pitching staff. But they're also counting on young players such as Garcia to develop.
He had quite a night against his former team and made his first big impression after being called up from Triple-A following Alex Rios' trade to Texas last week.
Garcia had two hits, drove in his first two runs with Chicago and scored two, including the winner. The White Sox overcame three errors by shortstop Alexei Ramirez to hand the AL Central leaders their fourth loss in five games.
The winning rally started when Jeremy Bonderman (2-4) walked Garcia leading off and threw high to second after fielding Jeff Keppinger's bunt. Then, with one out, he walked Tyler Flowers to load the bases.
"You can't afford to put guys on base and give them free passes. It's my fault," Bonderman said.
The White Sox left two runners on in the ninth against Bruce Rondon, and Detroit had runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th when Reed knocked down Miguel Cabrera's grounder up the middle. Ramirez charged in and barely threw out a sliding Cabrera at first to end the threat and prevent the go-ahead run, and the White Sox won it in the bottom half.
Cabrera's home run streak ended at four games. He was 0 for 5.
All that changed in the eighth.
The White Sox were leading 3-2 when Jones walked Victor Martinez leading off the inning and Ramirez deflected Omar Infante's grounder up the middle with one out for his second error, putting runners on first and third.
Don Kelly, running for Martinez, then scored the tying run on Pena's single to right.
Off to the best start in franchise history at 17-1, Scherzer looked like he was headed toward the loss even though he had only one real hiccup.
He lasted six innings and gave up four hits and three runs -- all in the fourth.
He hit Gordon Beckham in the left elbow and walked Ramirez to start the inning. Garcia, acquired from Detroit in the trade that sent Jake Peavy from Chicago to Boston, drove a two-run triple down the right-field line with two outs and came around on an errant relay to third by Infante.
That gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead, and it seemed that would be enough for Santiago, who had a root canal on Tuesday and wasn't sure he'd be able to pitch in this one.
He woke up with a temperature of 102.7 around 3 a.m. Tuesday and took some cold baths and antibiotics to fight the fever.
Given all that, he delivered a pretty good performance, even if he's now 0-2 in his last nine starts.
Santiago gave up six hits and left with a two-run lead after Martinez lined a single off the left-field wall leading off the sixth. Martinez scored when Ramirez threw wide to first trying to complete a double play on Pena's grounder, making it 3-2.
"I definitely didn't want to miss (the start)," Santiago said.
White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said he never envisioned the team sinking so low and wasn't sure what the lineup will look like next season. "We're looking at who deserves to be asked back," Williams said. "Because this is not White Sox baseball in no way, shape or form." He also said Adam Dunn hasn't met expectations in his three seasons in Chicago until recently, adding, "There is a human element to the game, too; sometimes you just don't get it done." He also said he would be surprised if Paul Konerko doesn't finish the season in Chicago. Konerko has been with the White Sox since 1999 and can veto any trade. ... Tigers manager Jim Leyland had no timetable for Octavio Dotel's return. Sidelined since April 20 because of inflammation in his pitching elbow, the right-hander threw a scoreless inning for Class A Lakeland on Monday. ... RHP Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32 ERA) starts Wednesday for Detroit, with LHP John Danks (2-10, 4.52) pitching for Chicago.
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers delivers the ball against the...(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 12-7 (as of Tue 8/13)|
|Tue 7/9||CHW 11, @DET 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/10||@DET 8, CHW 5||Recap|
|Thu 7/11||CHW 6, @DET 3||Recap|
|Mon 7/22||DET 7, @CHW 3||Recap|
|Tue 7/23||DET 6, @CHW 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/24||DET 6, @CHW 2||Recap|
|Thu 7/25||@CHW 7, DET 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/2||@DET 2, CHW 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/3||@DET 3, CHW 0||Recap|
|Sun 8/4||@DET 3, CHW 2||Recap|
|Mon 8/12||@CHW 6, DET 2||Recap|
|» Tue 8/13||@CHW 4, DET 3||Box Score|
|Wed 8/14||DET 6, @CHW 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/9||@CHW 5, DET 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/10||DET 9, @CHW 1||Recap|
|Wed 9/11||DET 1, @CHW 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/20||@DET 12, CHW 5||Recap|
|Sat 9/21||@DET 7, CHW 6||Recap|
|Sun 9/22||CHW 6, @DET 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Tigers | White Sox|
|2nd||O Infante singled to left, P Fielder scored.||1||0|
|4th||A Garcia tripled to deep right, G Beckham and A Ramirez scored, A Garcia scored on throwing error by second baseman O Infante.||1||3|
|6th||B Pena grounded into fielder's choice to first, O Infante out at second, V Martinez to third, V Martinez scored on throwing error by shortstop A Ramirez.||2||3|
|8th||B Pena singled to right, D Kelly scored, O Infante to second.||3||3|
|11th||A De Aza singled to right, A Garcia scored, J Keppinger to third, T Flowers to second.||3||4|
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|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||22,292 (54.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||65 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Wegner|
Miguel Cabrera is currently on a streak of 4 straight games with at least one HR and multiple hits. FROM ELIAS: That is tied for the longest such streak this season (Pedro Alvarez and Coco Crisp are the others who've done that this season). The last time a player had 5 straight games with at least one HR and multiple hits was Hank Blalock Sept 21-26, 2008.
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