White Sox rally for manager to ease by Tigers
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Arriving later than normal, Rick Renteria was a little surprised by the amount of traffic around the ballpark.
Once inside, he watched his offense do almost nothing for seven innings — before a six-run eighth gave the Chicago manager a victory after a tough few days.
Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson each hit a two-run double in the eighth, and the White Sox rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night in Renteria’s return to the dugout. Renteria had missed four games after experiencing lightheadedness Monday in Minnesota.
“I can tell you right now that I am cleared to go, full tilt,” Renteria said after Friday’s game. “I’m going to keep it at that.”
Renteria was released from a Minnesota hospital Tuesday. He spent time in Chicago, but on Friday the team said his medical tests were finished.
Bench coach Joe McEwing had been managing in Renteria’s absence, and he was prepared to do so again. About two hours before the first pitch, he said Renteria was en route, but it wasn’t clear when he’d be arriving. Renteria was in the dugout when Chicago batted in the top of the first.
Chicago was down 3-0 before breaking through against All-Star reliever Joe Jimenez (4-3) and closer Shane Greene. With one out in the eighth, Moncada hit a bases-loaded double that made it 3-2 and chased Jimenez.
Greene came on and allowed an RBI single by Avisail Garcia, an RBI double by Daniel Palka and Anderson’s double that made it 6-3.
Thyago Vieira (1-0) got his first career victory. He retired the only batter he faced in the seventh.
The White Sox improved to 4-10 this season against Detroit.
Michael Fulmer allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Tigers in his return from a left oblique strain.
Fulmer hadn’t pitched since July 14.
“I’m just glad to be back. It was a shorter rehab than anyone expected, including me, so that was a positive,” Fulmer said. “Everything felt good, but I would have liked to go a little longer.”
Victor Alcantara and Daniel Stumpf combined to retire all seven of their hitters, but in the eighth, Detroit’s more acclaimed relievers let the game slip away.
Nicholas Castellanos had two RBIs and also brought in the Tigers’ other run with a double-play grounder.