04/18 16:54 CDT Castellanos, Cabrera, Tigers top Chisox 9-7, end 5-game skid
Castellanos, Cabrera, Tigers top Chisox 9-7, end 5-game skid
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT (AP) --- Ron Gardenhire called a team meeting Thursday morning and gave
his Detroit Tigers a simple message.
"Have some fun," the manager told them. "When you get into a losing streak, it
gets hard to do that, but you aren't going to play good baseball if you aren't
The message worked as the Tigers ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-7 win
over the Chicago White Sox. Detroit set season highs for hits (14) and runs.
"It was great, because he reminded us that this is a 162-game season," third
baseman Jeimer Candelario said. "If you aren't having fun, it is going to turn
into a really long year."
Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera, playing on his 36th birthday, combined
for five hits and four RBIs.
"When those two guys get going, it can really boost the offense," Gardenhire
said. "We need everyone to help out, but Nick and Miggy are the key to
Grayson Greiner had a career-high three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.
With the score tied at 7, Greiner led off the eighth with a single and moved up
when Carson Fulmer (0-1) hit both JaCoby Jones and Josh Harrison with pitches.
Castellanos and Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with back-to-back sacrifice flies.
"He got into a little trouble, tried to get us out of it and it didn't work
out," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "They started out with a bloop hit,
and then the next two guys were trying to bunt and he lost his command a little
Drew VerHagen (1-0) picked up the win after recording the last out of the
eighth inning. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his ninth save in nine
Neither starter was involved in the decision. Detroit's Tyson Ross pitched
six-plus innings, allowing five runs --- two earned --- on seven hits. Ivan
Nova gave up six runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Tigers trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Castellanos
ended Nova's day with a game-tying double with one out, and Cabrera greeted
Kelvin Herrera with an RBI single.
Niko Goodrum doubled and the White Sox loaded the bases by intentionally
walking Candelario. Dustin Peterson hit into a force at second, scoring Cabrera
with Detroit's seventh run, but Wellington Castillo tied it with a two-run
homer in the eighth.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Gordon Beckham singled and
scored on Greiner's double. The same pair teamed up again in the fourth, with
Beckham singling, stealing second and scoring Detroit's second run on Greiner's
Chicago made it 2-1 in the fifth, then took a 4-2 lead with three unearned runs
in the sixth. With two out, Goodrum misplayed Yonder Alonso's grounder to first
and Eloy Jimenez followed with his third home run.
"When I hit it, I thought the wind was going to stop it, but I hit it really
good," Jimenez said. "This is a big field."
Tim Anderson singled, stole second and went to third on Greiner's throwing
error. Castillo hit a grounder to short and Beckham misplayed it for Detroit's
third error of the inning as Anderson scored.
"I told our guys to forget about it," Gardenhire said. "It took all of them to
make three errors in an inning. I did that once by myself."
Detroit made it 4-all in the sixth on three singles and a wild pitch. Ryan
Cordell homered to put Chicago ahead 5-4 in the seventh.
White Sox: Put RHP Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list with a strained
left hamstring and recalled Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte.
Tigers: Put OF Christin Stewart on the 10-day injured list with a left quad
pull sustained on Wednesday night and recalled 1B Brandon Dixon from Triple-A
CORDELL MAKES QUICK IMPACT
Cordell was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, got the start in
right field and had three hits, including the seventh-inning homer that gave
Chicago a 5-4 lead.
"He had a really nice day today," Renteria said. "We battled all game, and he
was a big part of the fight. This is a good start for him, and we'll see how he
Cabrera came into the game with a .389 batting average in 13 games on his
birthday and doubled in the first inning before his RBI single in the seventh
and sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The teams play the second game of their four-game weekend series on Friday
night. Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann (0-2, 4.29) will face Chicago's Carlos Rodon
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