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Miguel Cabrera rallies Tigers past White Sox 12-5

Sep 27, 2009 - 3:53 AM CHICAGO(AP) -- No matter how much they win, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers can't seem to shake Minnesota in the AL Central.

Cabrera got four hits and drove in four runs, giving him at least 100 RBIs for the sixth consecutive season, and Detroit rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 12-5 on Saturday night.

Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Gerald Laird each had three of Detroit's 20 hits, including singles in the decisive seventh inning, to help the Tigers win for the fifth time in six games.

The first-place Tigers, two games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central, host the Twins in a four-game series beginning Monday. Minnesota won 11-6 at Kansas City on Saturday night.

"They're just not losing," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "They're putting good pressure on us. If you handle it right, it's good pressure. If you handle it wrong, it's bad pressure. I thought we responded tremendously. It was a hell of a comeback."

Cabrera responded with his bat - as he's done ever since he reached the majors at age 20 with Florida.

"(Getting 100 RBIs) is something you have in your mind before the season," he said. "I hit it today, but the more important thing is we came back. That's very satisfying. The most important thing is winning. It doesn't matter how."

While the Tigers rejoiced, the White Sox clubhouse was quiet after manager Ozzie Guillen used his postgame press conference to unleash the kind of expletive-filled diatribe for which he's famous.

"If they think the season's over for them, yes. If they think the season's over for me, no," said Guillen, whose team was eliminated earlier in the week. "If you don't have pride to play this game, if you don't care about it, get another job.

"I'm not in the pennant race, but at least I have some pride. When you go (into the clubhouse) and turn the TV on and watch the stupid football, when the damn football players don't (care) about you, that's embarrassing."

He then stormed into the clubhouse and screamed that he'll destroy televisions that get turned on during games in the season's final week.

White Sox captain Paul Konerko didn't witness Guillen's rant, but said he also is frustrated.

"I'm all for no TV, no music, no kids, across the board when you don't win," Konerko said.

White Sox starter Freddy Garcia faced the minimum 12 batters over the first four innings before allowing Cabrera's leadoff homer in the fifth. Cabrera singled home two more runs in the sixth, cutting Detroit's deficit to 5-3.

In each of the next two innings, the Tigers scored four runs on six hits and sent 10 batters to the plate.

Carlos Guillen opened the seventh with a single. Laird singled with one out and Adam Everett followed with an RBI single. Granderson then singled to tie the game.

That ended the night for Garcia (2-4), who allowed 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"We just continued to get guys on base and put pressure on him," Granderson said. "Finally, we were able to get to him."

Polanco lined reliever Tony Pena's third pitch into right field to put Detroit ahead, and Magglio Ordonez's single made it 7-5.

Detroit broke it open in the eighth against Scott Linebrink on Granderson's RBI triple, Polanco's run-scoring double and RBI singles by Clete Thomas and Cabrera. Granderson singled home a ninth-inning run.

After Nate Robertson gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, Alfredo Figaro (2-1) allowed only one hit over 2 2-3 innings to earn the win.

The White Sox built their big lead on Carlos Quentin's three-run homer, Alex Rios' solo shot and Gordon Beckham's RBI single. They could have scored even more runs but grounded into five double plays.

NOTES: Tigers 3B Brandon Inge is 0 for 9 with six strikeouts in the series, and his error led to two unearned runs in Friday's 2-0 loss. White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez batted third for the first time this season. He was robbed of a first-inning homer on a leaping grab by Carlos Guillen in LF. ... Granderson was 4 for 27 in his career against Garcia until his seventh-inning single.








  • White Sox 5, Tigers 12 - FINAL
    DETROIT ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    C Granderson cf 6 2 3 3 0 1 0 .246
    P Polanco 2b 5 2 3 2 1 0 0 .290
    M Ordonez rf 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .297
    C Thomas pr-rf 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 .247
    M Cabrera 1b 6 1 4 4 0 0 2 .331
    A Huff dh 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .244
    va-M

    Sep 26 9:58 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED GERALD LAIRD
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GRANDERSON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 12
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.290, 3-FOR-5, 2 RBI)

    Tigers 12, White Sox 5  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 9:46 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED CLETE THOMAS
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.251, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Tigers 11, White Sox 5  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 26 9:26 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLETE THOMAS SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C THOMAS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 10
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.330, 3-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 10, White Sox 5  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 26 9:24 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 9
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C THOMAS (.245, 7 HR, 38 RBI)

    Tigers 9, White Sox 5  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 26 9:22 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED GERALD LAIRD
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GRANDERSON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 8
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.289, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Tigers 8, White Sox 5  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 26 9:20 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 7
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.331, 3-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Tigers 7, White Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:52 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED ADAM EVERETT
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, C GRANDERSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.295, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 6, White Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:49 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED GERALD LAIRD
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GRANDERSON ON FIRST, A EVERETT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.287, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 5, White Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:44 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM EVERETT SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A EVERETT ON FIRST, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.242, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 4, White Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:43 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND PLACIDO
    POLANCO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A HUFF (.244, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, White Sox 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 26 8:26 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIGUEL CABRERA (32) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF FREDDY GARCIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, CHI WHITE SOX 5
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A HUFF (.243, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 1, White Sox 5  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 26 8:05 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS QUENTIN (18) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF NATE ROBERTSON SCORED JERMAINE DYE AND
    ALEXEI RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, CHI WHITE SOX 5
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RIOS (.243, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Tigers 0, White Sox 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 26 7:53 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (17) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF NATE ROBERTSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, CHI WHITE SOX 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J NIX (.237, 12 HR, 32 RBI)

    Tigers 0, White Sox 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 26 7:27 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GORDON BECKHAM SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G BECKHAM ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.278, 15 HR, 67 RBI)

    Tigers 0, White Sox 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 26 7:15 PM