Win them any way you can … especially if you are in last place in the division. That’s exactly what the Chicago White Sox did on Friday night, defeating the Detroit Tigers, 4-3 in 11 innings in their return to U.S. Cellular Field after a two-week road trip.
The White Sox won in the weirdest way … Avisail Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded with no outs to send Adam Eaton from third base for the win. The victory puts the White Sox at 25-28, three games under the .500 mark. Detroit is now 28-28 overall.
Eaton began the 11th with a single, followed by a base hit by Alexei Ramirez that sent Eaton from first-to-third. From there, the Tigers intentionally walked Abreu, then pitcher Alex Wilson hit Garcia for the White Sox win.
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Garcia finished with a home run, was hit by a pitch and had two RBIs for the game. Ramirez was the lone White Sox to have a two-hit game.
Even though the Tigers out-hit the “Good Guys” 9-7, they led after the first inning off a double by Abreu that scored Ramirez.
The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth and took a 3-1 in the top of the seventh with a two-RBI hit by Josh Wilson.
Garcia answered with his aforementioned home run off Kyle Ryan in Chicago’s half of the seventh. Adam LaRoche sent the game into extras with a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth, tying the score at 3-3.
Jun 5, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Quintana (2-6) was the White Sox starting pitcher and the second consecutive Sox starter to have a no-decision. Quintana allowed three earned runs on nine hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out four on what wasn’t his best or worst night thus far this season.
Zach Putnam, David Robertson and Jake Petricka all combined to allow no runs in relief of Quintana in four combined innings. Petricka (1-1) finished with the win, pitching one inning of relief, with one strikeout.
On Saturday, the White Sox will send John Danks to the mound to face Detroit pitcher David Price. Danks is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA, while Price enters the game 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA. The game is scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. CT start.