White Sox fall to Tigers via walk-off hit


Sep 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) hits a double in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox kept it close, but not to the point where they were able to keep the Detroit Tigers from a walk-off victory by Miguel Cabrera, leading to a 4-3 loss for the Good Guys Tuesday night in Detroit.

Sep 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a game winning RBI single in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Both the Tigers and Kansas City Royals won their games on Tuesday, keeping the Royals one game out of the top spot of the AL Central lead. The Tigers are 87-70, while the Royals are 86-71.

Both the Royals and Oakland Athletics are tied in the AL Wild Card battle with identical records of 86-71. There are five days left in the MLB regular season.

As for the walk-off by Cabrera, it came in the bottom of the ninth as the Tigers had Ian Kinsler on second base, and Torii Hunter on first. Cabrera, with no outs, hit a single to left field off Jake Petricka to score Kinsler and keep the Tigers as the AL Central leaders.

Before the walk-off, the White Sox were able to tie the score at 3-3 in the top of the ninth, with three runs in the inning.

The first run scored on a ground ball to centerfield by Avisail Garcia to score both Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez. Later in the inning, Marcus Semien singled to score Garcia.

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For the game, the Tigers out-hit the White Sox, 9-8 and the White Sox committed two errors.

Eaton and Ramirez led Chicago at the plate, with each going 2-for-4 with one run scored. Eaton is now batting .300 on the season.

On the mound for the White Sox, Scott Carroll pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks. The loss went to Petricka, who didn’t record an out in the ninth inning. He falls to 1-6 on the season.

Joe Nathan was the winning pitcher, pitching one-third of an inning in relief. Starting for the Tigers was David Price. Price went 8.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and no walks. He struck out eight.

For Wednesday, it will be the final start of the season for White Sox ace Chris Sale. He’ll oppose Justin Verlander of the Tigers.