CHICAGO (AP) -Just as a sweet sweep appeared to be slipping away, DeWayne Wise picked the perfect moment to hit his first
He hit a pinch-hit shot in the eighth inning and the
Chicago White Sox
11-7 to complete a doubleheader sweep after the bullpen blew a seven-run lead Sunday night.
''Felt good,'' Wise said. ''It was my first one up here and it couldn't have come at a better time.''
won the first game 4-2 behind
's 7 2-3 scoreless innings after the game was delayed more than three hours. They appeared on their way to an easy nightcap,
building a 7-0 lead.
hit his 539th homer and
went deep against
, but the bullpen imploded after
pitched six scoreless innings.
The Tigers tied it at 7-all in the top half of the eighth on a leadoff homer by
and grand slam by
. In the bottom of the inning, Wise connected off
with two out. His first career slam came after third baseman
's one-hopper - which was ruled a hit after a bad bounce - to load the bases.
Wise, batting for Anderson, drove an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bullpen, and Chicago grabbed a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota
in the AL Central.
''It seems like every time he goes to the plate he hits the ball hard,'' manager
said. ''You roll the dice. Hopefully, it works and it worked out for us today.''
The meltdown by the
's bullpen started when Hessman hit a two-run shot off
in the seventh.
allowed a leadoff drive by Chicago-area native Granderson - the lone batter he faced - in the eighth, and the lead continued
to slip away.
, who hit a two-run homer off closer
in the first game, followed with singles off D.J. Carrasco.
to load the bases, drawing loud boos from an already restless crowd, and things only got worse after he struck out
Thames drove the first pitch he saw out to left-center, tying it at 7 with his second grand slam this season and the sixth
of his career.
answered in the bottom half.
led off with a single against
(1-2) and moved to second on
's sacrifice before
was intentionally walked. Farnsworth came on after
flied out and allowed that infield single by Cabrera that loaded the bases.
''It was unfortunate,'' Hessman said. ''Farnsworth came in, he had his pitch, got the ground ball for it ... it didn't work
Wise's grand slam made a winner of
(5-3), who pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and allowed the
to exhale after a long day.
Danks held the Tigers to just four hits while striking out six and walking one after going 0-3 in his previous four starts,
but the concerns about the bullpen continue to grow. Have the relievers hit a wall?
''They better not,'' Guillen said. ''Or let me know. I will feel real comfortable pitching somebody else.''
Rogers was in line for his fourth straight loss after allowing seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. He has allowed at least six runs
in each of those outings.
Thome, 14th on baseball's home-run list, led off the fourth with his 32nd homer to make it 2-0 after knocking a run-scoring
single in the first. Anderson added a two-run shot in the fifth before Ken Griffey Jr. chased Rogers with a two-run double
scored five to increase their lead to 7-0.
In the opener, Vazquez (12-13) took a shutout into the eighth and
singled in Ken Griffey Jr. in the fifth inning and Ramirez made it 2-0 in the seventh with his 17th homer. DeWayne Wise added
an RBI double in the eighth, and
drove him in with a single that made it 4-0 and chased
Ordonez hit a two-run homer off Jenks in the ninth, and the Tigers had the tying run on after
singled with one out, before
grounded into a game-ending double play.
''Both teams I think were a little slugglish after laying around like that, but not one more than the other obviously,'' Tigers
manager Jim Leyland said. ''Come out of it, the ball was kind of funky for the first couple of innings, damp. That's the way
it goes, the ball is not going anywhere, but you get back into it.''
The late drama aside, the
were glad to get the games in after rain washed out the previous two days. They were supposed to play a doubleheader Saturday,
and this one appeared to be in jeopardy as the remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled through the area on Sunday. They intended
to play a day-night doubleheader before the rain delay made it a standard one, and there were only a few hundred fans at U.S.
Cellular Field when it started.
''I played about six years in Montreal so I'm used to (small crowds),'' Vazquez said.
is scheduled to make his first start for Detroit since June 9 when the Tigers visit Texas on Monday. Sent to the minors after
a slow start, he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo Sept. 1.