DETROIT (AP) – Yoan Moncada made tie-breakers in a two-speed eleventh innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 4-3 on Saturday night after losing to the Tigers in extra innings in the opening series.
With a score of 2-2, Elvis Andrus picked up the singles rebellion, leading from 11th place. Gregory Soto (2-9) failed to raise a revolt on the left side of the mound as auto runner Selby Zavala moved up to third place.
“It’s a bit unusual for road teams rushing into this spot, but Andrus arranged it and Gregory didn’t field it,” said Tigers manager AJ Hinch. “These are the little things that are the big games when you play extra rounds.”
Moncada hit the RBI single, José Abreu knocked out, and after a double interception, Eloy Jiménez’s victim gave Chicago a 4-2 lead.
Acting White Sox manager Miguel Cairo said Andrus made the decision to revolt and attempt a double theft.
“Elvis is very smart and the way he knows the game is incredible,” said Cairo. “In defense, in att*ck and in running the bases. He saw that he could att*ck this base and did so. “
The killer Javier Báez scored two goals in the bottom half against Aaron Bummer who had retired from Spencer Torkelson to the other side.
Liam Hendriks (4-4) retired in 10th place, the day after he relinquished Victor Reyes’ endgame sacrifice in 10th place.
“I knew he was going to do the job tonight,” said Cairo. “I trusted him tonight as I trusted him yesterday. Yesterday he got a little up, but he’s fine.
Chicago (75-71) were four games ahead of AL Central leader Cleveland (78-66) who tried to bypass Minnesota.
“We tried to find a way to fight and get a few runs tonight,” said Moncada. “We knew we had to stick to our approach and try to score.”
Davis Martin allowed one run and three hits in six rounds. He replaced Johnny Cueto’s scheduled starter, who Cairo said felt bad but could take off on Sunday.
“I found out early this morning that I could start today instead of tomorrow,” said Martin, who was dismissed from Triple-A Charlotte. “I just got into my routine in case they needed me today.”
Tiger starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
“It’s probably as spicy as he was for us,” said Tigers manager AJ Hinch. “It looked like he just lost his punch zone sense after hitting Eloy in seventh place.”
Rodriguez and Martin completed the first five laps in 75 minutes which allowed for three hits and a walk.
Reyes hit the RBI single in sixth place after Tucker Barnhart hit the double. Inning featured two outstanding defensive moves: shortstop Elvis Andrus grabbed Akila Baddoo’s ruler in the middle of the center, while Roma González’s second baseline picked up Riley Greene’s grounder with his bare hands, then lunged first.
AJ Pollock welcomed Jason Foley with a single with two rounds in seventh place. Pollock hits 0.373 on 51 bats against the Tigers this season.
Baddoo scored Greene’s second-ground goal in the eighth round, where Andrus dived into the gauntlet in the grass on the field. As Andrus initially hesitated to quit, Baddoo ran over a stop sign from third base coach Ramon Santiago and scored a standing goal as Andrus made his way up the first base line.
“He played a great game to keep the ball in the sidelines but thought Baddoo would stop and he wouldn’t stop,” said Cairo. “It happens.”
Hinch said RHP rookie Beau Brieske (biceps) will not be coming back this season. Brieske won 3-6 against an ERA 4.19 in 15 starts before injuring himself in the July 12 start against the Kansas City Royals.
Baez had a swelling in his knee after an awkward CD game on Friday, so Hinch saved him there on Saturday, but expected to be able to use him as a guide on Sunday.
RHP Michael Kopech (arm) was placed on the 15th day. Cairo said the team hopes Kopech will return for the last days of the regular season.
IN THE FUTURE
The teams finish their three-game streak on Sunday with Drew Hutchison (2-8, 4.24) facing Cueto (7-8, 3.09).
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