The Tigers were desperate for a win last night and they got it, thanks mostly to Jeremy Bonderman with Detroit beating the White Sox 7-to-1 to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.
Earlier in the day, first place Chicago pounded Detroit 12-to-2. In the nightcap, Bonderman fired six-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to even his record at 6-and-6 on the season. Bonderman had five strikeouts with his strongest outing since tossing seven scoreless innings at Seattle at the end of May.
The Tiger hitting was led by D-H Johnny Damon with three hits and two RBI’s while Brennan Boesch also plated a pair of runs for Detroit. The Tigers broke through in the second inning with four runs against Carlos Torres who took the loss in his season debut.
In the day game, Rick Porcello was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over four and a third innings with his record dipping to 4-and-10. Mark Buehrle pitched into the eighth inning for Chicago to pick up the victory.
The split keeps the White Sox lead over the third place Tigers at 7 games. The second place Twins fell again to Tampa Bay, leaving Minnesota a game and a half out of the top spot in the American League Central. Detroit and Chicago play again tonight in game three of the 4-game series with Armando Galarraga starting for the Tigers against former Detroit pitcher Edwin Jackson, who the White Sox picked up last week in a trade with the Diamondbacks.