White Sox brush off Tigers in chippy game
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 11, 2013 3:51PM
Updated: July 11, 2013 4:45PM
DETROIT — Josh Phegley hit his first career grand slam, Alejandro De Aza connected for his 11th home run, and Chris Sale finally got the run support he needed Thursday as the White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in a game that featured a bench-clearing incident after Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was nearly hit by a pitch.
Sale (6-8), the two-time All-Star lefty who hadn’t won since May 17 because of poor run support, worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits including home runs by Matt Tuiasosopo and Miguel Cabrera (his 30th). After Cabrera connected with an opposite field shot to right in the sixth to give Detroit a 3-1 lead, Sale threw high and inside to Price Fielder, the ball sailing to the backstop.
Two batters after Phegley’s slam gave the Sox a 5-3 lead and knocked out Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, reliever Luke Putkonen threw behind Ramirez, and the Sox shortstop took issue, taking a few steps forward and pointing at the Detroit right-hander. While Tigers catcher Brayan Pena held Ramirez back, Cabrera intervened while both benches emptied, and then the bullpens, without much incident. Tigers manager Leyland let loose with three animated rants, and was ejected by plate umpire Chad Fairchild.
Both dugouts were issued warnings, and Ramirez, who was restrained by Sox manager Robin Ventura and was fortunate not to have been ejected, swung and missed at two pitches from Al Alburquerque before blooping a softy over Fielder’s head for a single. Ramirez then left the field clutching the back of his right thigh. Ramirez, who was helped off by trainer Herm Schneider, had leg cramps, the team announced. He appeared to be bothered by the leg earlier in the game.
The Sox bullpen made sure Sale got his win. Matt Lindstrom retired Cabrera on a fly to right field after Sale (124 pitches) left with two outs in the seventh, Matt Thornton pitched a perfect eighth and Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
The Sox (36-53) won two of three games from the Tigers (50-41). They play a three-game interleague series in Philadelphia against the Phillies this weekend before the All-Star break.