parked himself on that nice black leather recliner in the center of the clubhouse. Not a bad place to spend a long rain delay.
took a nap.
Even so, these are far from relaxing times for the
hit an RBI single off
with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving Chicago a 4-3 win over the
on a rainy Thursday.
The start of the game was delayed nearly three hours by showers. The Tigers almost made it an even longer day when
hit a tying, two-run homer off closer
with two outs in the top of the ninth.
took advantage of Zumaya's throwing error - he slipped and threw wildly on a bunt - and loaded the bases with no outs. Podsednik
singled past a diving second baseman
to win it.
It was a dramatic finish to a poor homestand for the
, who won only four of 12. They nearly wasted a superb start by
, not to mention solo home runs by
and A.J. Pierzynski.
''Really bad,'' Guillen said, referring to the homestand.
That could just as easily describe how Zumaya felt.
''I just lost it for a team that battled their tails off today,'' he said. ''So if you expect a smile on my face, there's
not a big smile on it right now. Slipping on the grass like that, throwing the ball away, just really upsets people. Not making
your pitches where they want them to. It really ticks me off.''
Leading 3-1 and with Jenks (1-2) going for his 14th save in 15 chances, the
appeared to be in good shape.
led off with a single and stole second before Jenks struck out
on a fly ball. Granderson then drove the first pitch over the right-field wall for his 14th homer, tying it at 3.
Anderson led off the bottom half with a single against Zumaya (3-1).
bunted and Zumaya made a wild throw to first, sending Anderson to third. After Getz stole second,
walked on a full count to bring up Podsednik.
''When push came to shove, we tied it up but we didn't execute a fundamental play that we work on all spring,'' Tigers manager
Jim Leyland said. ''A simple bunt play, get an out. We didn't get it. In fairness, a little slippery and he kind of slipped
a little bit. That's the story.''
simply let out a sigh of relief.
''Had that gone the other way, it definitely would not have been as fun a bus ride,'' Anderson said.
Thome gave the
a 2-0 lead by leading off the second with his 553rd homer and hitting a bases-loaded infield single in the third against
homered off Floyd in the top of the eighth, Pierzynski made it 3-1 with a solo shot off
in the bottom half.
The Tigers never mounted a serious threat against Floyd, who allowed one run in eight innings, until Santiago homered. Pinch-hitter
then singled, but
grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Jackson simply struggled after going 5-1 in his previous six starts.
Second in the AL with a 2.16 ERA entering the game, he allowed two runs and five hits while walking four over five innings,
matching his shortest outing.
Floyd, meanwhile, continues to pitch well after struggling through the first seven weeks. He is 2-1 in his last five starts
and has pitched at least into the seventh in each one.
''His command is very good,'' Guillen said. ''He got big strikeouts. He's not getting behind too many hitters.''
was out of the lineup because of a nagging thumb injury that could cost him a few games. Konerko, who has a loose ligament
in his right thumb, left Wednesday's game after seven innings when the condition flared up. He was to get an injection and
expected to be back Saturday ''at the latest,'' although he wouldn't rule out playing Friday in Milwaukee. ... The Tigers
sent Thomas to Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of utility player