DETROIT (AP) -
downplayed the importance of the
Chicago White Sox
series before it started, saying it was too early.
Dye changed his tune a bit after hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Chicago to a 6-5 win over Detroit
on Friday night.
''A big game for them getting back into the race and we stole one,'' Dye said.
have won three straight and 16 of 24. They lead the
by 3 1/2 games and Detroit by 6 1/2 in the AL Central with two-plus months left in the season.
Chicago leads the season series against Detroit 6-4 with eight games left.
entered 0-38 when trailing after eight innings but rallied in the ninth after
put Detroit ahead with a tiebreaking homer in the seventh.
D.J. Carrasco (1-0) picked up the win by getting two outs in the eighth and
pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
(4-1) was an out away from ending the game before blowing his third save in 22 chances and hearing boos as he walked to the
hit a two-out, two-strike single and Dye sent a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats to turn cheers into jeers.
Detroit has been the hottest team in baseball since early June - after starting 0-7 and sinking to 24-36 - and had a chance
to make its deficit in the division the smallest it's been since mid-May.
''We're in a little bit of a pickle because of the way we started the season,'' Jones said. ''We win and lose as a team, but
tonight, I cost us the game.''
tied it with three runs in the seventh, but Guillen put Detroit back ahead in the home half with a towering home run off reliever
that sailed an estimated 399 feet.
gave up three runs, five hits and a season-high five walks over six-plus innings and 44,393 fans gave him a standing ovation.
''This was as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can get,'' Robertson said.
replaced Robertson with two on and none out in the seventh and his first pitch was hit by
for an RBI single and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a sacrifice fly, cutting Detroit's lead to a run.
Then after getting Dye to pop out, Zumaya's pitch got away from
and he threw wildly to third to let Cabrera score a tying run.
''Gold Glove catcher, you never thought would've made a play at third like that,'' Dye said.
gave up four runs, three earned, and a season-high nine hits in six innings for Chicago.
''The only good thing we can say about this game was we won,'' manager
scored Detroit's first run - thanks to Guillen's slide at second that took out shortstop Cabrera's legs to break up a likely
double play - and had a tiebreaking run in a three-run third.
each had an RBI and combined for five hits for the Tigers.
Robertson got off to a fantastic start, retiring the side in order with just 11 pitches over the first two innings.
He got into and out of a jam in the third, walking the leadoff batter and giving up a pair of one-out hits, including
's RBI single. But he stranded two with a groundout and strikeout.
Ordonez hit a go-ahead single in the home half and
followed with an RBI double.
Robertson got in and out of trouble again in the fifth, giving up consecutive walks with two outs to load the bases before
getting Quentin to pop up. But manager Jim Leyland didn't give him another chance to escape a jam in the seventh with two
runners on, both of whom scored with Zumaya on the mound.
''Nate was tremendous,'' Leyland said. ''I wasn't going to let him go through he top of the order again.''
put All-Star 3B
(back) on the DL and replaced him with
. They also released RHP
. ... Detroit's
is expected to pitch for Single-A Lakeland on Saturday. ... Floyd is 0-2 in his last three starts after going 6-1 in his previous