Chicago White Sox build rare win streak vs. Detroit Tigers
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — The Chicago White Sox haven’t had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season.
It isn’t because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson.
On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of Chicago’s runs in a 6-5 win.
Abreu is hitting .336 with 17 homers in 84 games against the Tigers in his career, while Davidson is at .370 with seven homers in 23 games.
“Baseball is a very complex game,” Abreu said through a translator. “(Jordan Zimmermann) had a bad game and we had a good game. He’s a good pitcher, but we hit some balls hard off him.”
The White Sox are 3-9 against the Tigers this season. The Tigers have lost nine of 12.
Carlos Rodon (4-3) improved to 3-0 in his past seven starts, giving up three runs and five hits and a walk in eight innings.
Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, the Tigers put their first two runners on, but Jeanmar Gomez struck out James McCann. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Luis Avilan, and Victor Martinez loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single.
Mikie Mahtook grounded into a force at second, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score Detroit’s fourth run, and Grayson Greiner’s RBI single made it 6-5 with the tying and winning runs on base.
Avilan got Victor Reyes to fly out to shallow center, earning his second save.
“We gave ourselves a chance, which is what you want, but you aren’t going to win too many games by having to come from three down in the ninth,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Zimmermann (5-5) took the loss, allowing six runs and nine hits, including the two home runs. Zimmermann struck out four while falling to 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA in his past six starts.
The Tigers loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the third. Jose Iglesias made it 2-1 with an RBI single before Castellanos put Detroit ahead 3-2 with a two-run single.