CHICAGO – Matt Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, on Monday for their eighth win in 11 games.
Davidson hit his 20th homer into the left-field bullpen on the first pitch he saw from Detroit closer Shane Greene (2-6) after Welington Castillo singled. Daniel Palka’s 21st homer to lead off the ninth tied it at 2.
Victor Martinez homered deep to left with one out in the top of the ninth off Jace Fry (2-2) to put Detroit ahead, 2-1. Greene then failed to retire a batter in the ninth as he blew his fifth save.
Martinez, Detroit’s designated hitter, sat out Sunday’s game in New York with flu-like symptoms and was questionable for this one.
Niko Goodrum’s solo shot in the seventh tied it 1-all after the Sox’s Nicky Delmonico homered to lead off the game for Chicago.
Both starters, the Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez and Detroit’s Michael Fulmer, were strong in no decisions.
Lopez yielded just one run on four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He was sailing along with a shutout in his third straight solid start until Goodrum homered.
Fulmer allowed only one hit – Delmonico’s lead-off homer – before leaving with two outs in the sixth after being struck by Palka’s sharp comebacker. The Tigers said the right-hander has a right shin contusion and is day-to-day.
Fulmer crumpled to the ground after being hit by Palka’s smash, and the ball deflected to Goodrum who stepped on first to record the out. After being tended to by a trainer, Fulmer walked off the field slowly and was replaced by Drew VerHagen.
Fulmer, who hasn’t won since June 14, walked four and struck out five in one of his best performances this season.
Sox GM Rick Hahn doesn’t want to rush top prospect Eloy Jimenez and that’s he why didn’t call up the 21-year-old outfielder when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.
But Hahn said Jimenez “is very well positioned to make a significant impact at the big-league level at age 22 next year.”
Jimenez is hitting .355 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 55 games at Triple-A Charlotte. The Dominican Republic native started the season at Double-A Birmingham.
Hahn said not calling up Jimenez in September had nothing to do with service time and potential free agency.
If the outfielder were recalled now, he would be eligible to file for free agency entering 2025. If Jimenez spends the first 20 days of the 2019 season on optional assignment, his free agency would be delayed until after 2025. That means April 17, 2019, would be the earliest the Sox could call up Jimenez and retain control of him through 2025.
Sox catcher Castillo (right shoulder) came off the disabled list and made his first appearance since May 23. During most of his absence, Castillo was serving an 80 game-suspension, handed out on May 24 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. ... The Sox also recalled outfielder Ryan Cordell from Triple-A Charlotte.
Tigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said LHP Daniel Norris is fine after suffering a left calf cramp in New York on Saturday and leaving the game in the fifth inning.
White Sox: 1B/DH Jose Abreu returned the clubhouse after undergoing lower-abdominal/groin surgery on Aug. 21. Hahn said the slugger, who leads Chicago with 22 homers and 78 RBIs, could return by mid-September. ... OF Ryan LaMarre (right hip soreness) was available off the bench. ... RF Avisail Garcia (right knee soreness) was out of the lineup for a second straight day and is day-to-day.
Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano (3-9, 4.96) faces Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.66) in the second game of the three-game set on Tuesday night. Liriano has lost eight straight and not won since April 28. In his last four starts, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA.
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