DETROIT – The White Sox came to Detroit on Monday with baseball’s third-worst offense.
They received a nice boost from the Tigers’ pitching staff.
According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Sox became the first major league team since at least 1974 to put a runner on base in every inning of a four-game series. They scored 26 runs and won three times, including an 8-1 rout Wednesday.
“We had a lot of guys come through for us again today,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s what has been happening in the last few games, and we’ve really needed it.”
The streak almost came to a halt in the ninth inning when Tigers first baseman Brandon Dixon retired the first two batters before hitting Ryan Cordell with a 60-mph cutter. Leury García followed with an inning-ending groundout.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged that his team was worn out after a series that saw four games played in less than 48 hours, including a day-night doubleheader Tuesday that didn’t end until after 11 p.m.
Sox catcher James McCann agreed with Gardenhire.
“I don’t think there’s one guy in here who isn’t at least a little tired,” McCann said. “Just being at the ballpark that long yesterday and then getting an early-morning wake-up call was tough.”
Ivan Nova shut the Tigers out for eight innings, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out one as he picked up his third win in four starts.
McCann had three RBIs, while Tim Anderson reached base five times and scored three runs.
Tyler Alexander (0-3) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in 41/3 innings. After the bullpen allowed three more runs, Gardenhire did something he hates – giving the ball to a position player.
Dixon, who was pitching to rookie Jake Rogers, has a 5.40 ERA in four pitching appearances over the past two seasons.
“I asked him what he threw, and he said a cutter and a change, so I told him to attack the zone,” Rogers said. “I did use signs, but it was a one on every pitch.”
McCann had an RBI double in the first, and Ryan Cordell made it 2-0 with a long homer in the second.
Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Nova got Jody Mercer to ground into a double play.
Wellington Castillo had an RBI double in the third, and the Sox added on in the fifth. Anderson led off with his third hit of the game and scored his third run on José Abreu’s double. McCann added an RBI single to make it 5-0 and end Alexander’s day.
Abreu’s single off Eduardo Jiménez in the sixth gave the Sox a 6-0 lead, and they added two more in the eighth. Travis Demeritte provided Detroit’s only run with a two-out RBI triple in the ninth.