DETROIT (AP) -
found a way to escape trouble against the
Chicago White Sox
on Wednesday afternoon.
Galarraga pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings, leading the
9-0 to end Chicago's three-game winning streak.
''He was very good, but we let him off the hook too many times,''
said. ''He's a good pitcher, but we were chasing his slider when we needed hits.''
went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Tigers.
Galarraga (2-0) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. He left to a standing ovation after walking
with one out in the seventh.
''He was tremendous,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''He had late life on his pitches. It was darting and moving late
in the strike zone, just at the right time. They've hit a lot of our mistakes out of the ballpark, and we were able to eliminate
(0-2) allowed five runs - three earned - and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.
''I thought Jose threw the ball absolutely well,'' Guillen said. ''But with the Tigers, they are such a good-hitting team
that you've got to stay right on top of them for all nine innings and we didn't do that.''
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.
walked, and after
hit into a force at second,
sent a shot over
's head in center for a two-run double.
''I think that shows the importance of speed,'' Leyland said. ''That's something we were missing before, but with
at the bottom of the lineup - I thought it created some problems for them. It makes the pitcher worry more about holding him
The Tigers made it 5-0 in the sixth on Cabrera's leadoff homer and a two-run single by Santiago. Cabrera provided the sixth
run with an RBI single in the seventh, and the Tigers made it 9-0 with three runs in the eighth.
''When you get a lead, it is huge when you can keep chipping away and adding to it,''
said. ''We put up two runs, and then we put up three more in the next inning. That is kind of like a knockout blow.''
Both teams had early scoring chances.
tripled with one out in the first, but Galarraga struck out
. Detroit had runners on second and third with no outs in the third, but Santiago struck out, Granderson popped out and Polanco
Galarraga escaped trouble again in the fifth, getting out of the inning after the
put runners on second and third with one out.
''He made every pitch he needed to make,'' Fields said. ''We got some runners on base, but then he shut us down. That's what
we saw on film from him - he's really good.''
Notes: The Tigers paid tribute to
, who died Monday, with a moment of silence and a special video before the game. ... Tigers rookie
was wild after entering the game in the eighth inning, causing
and Fields to duck pitches near their heads. Fields took a step toward the mound after avoiding the first of Perry's two wild
pitches, but order was quickly restored. ''We knew he was a young kid trying to throw very hard,'' Fields said. ''I didn't
think he was trying to hit anyone, but after about the fourth pitch near one of our heads, I just wanted to tell him to calm
down a little.'' ... In the bottom of the inning,
hit the backstop with a fastball.