Detroit Tigers‘ center fielder Torii Hunter knocked in a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Sox manager Robin Ventura saw another solid start from his pitching staff from right-hander Andrew Rienzo. In his second major league start, Rienzo allowed four hits and two earned runs in the losing effort giving the Sox their 10 straight loss for the first time since 1976.
Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello allowed eight hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while the Sox offense left seven runners on the bases.
First baseman Adam Dunn put the Sox on the board first in the fourth inning with a monster home run to center field off Porcello, the first home run given up by the Tigers in eight games. Dunn’s home run was his 26th on the season and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead for the first time in four games.
Rienzo walked the first two batters in the seventh inning before Alex Avila hit an RBI double to right field to score designated hitter Victor Martinez. Jhonny Peralta would score on a Ramon Santiago sacrifice fly to center to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Sox’s captain Paul Konerko tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth with a home run to center to push the game into extra innings.
Tigers’ All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who sat out due abdominal pain, hit a pinch-hit single to start the 12th and was replaced by pinch-runner Matt Tuiasosopo. Austin Jackson advanced Tuiasosopo to second on a sacrifice bunt before Hunter hit a line drive single to score him.
The Sox will begin a three game homestand against the New York Yankees Monday night at 7:10 p.m. CT (CSN, WSCR 670).Jose Quintanta (5-3, 3.62 ERA) and Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28 ERA) are the projected starters.