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Wonder what was worse Tuesday for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, spending the night at the hospital or watching the display his team put on in his absence.
As Guillen lay in a hospital bed with kidney stones, his best friend and new ace of the staff, Freddy Garcia, pitched as if he was in sympathetic pain with Guillen.
Garcia had his worst outing of the season4 1/3 innings, nine earned runs, four home runs allowedas the Sox rallied but fell to the Detroit Tigers 11-8.
Like last season, the Tigers are proving to be a thorn in the side of the Sox. Detroit leads the season series 5-3 with 11 more games remaining.
The loss, combined with Minnesota's victory over the Yankees, dropped the Sox five games behind the Twins in the American League Central Division. Cleveland lost, keeping the Sox 1½ games behind the second-place Indians.
The game was delayed 62 minutes at the start because of rain and it's too bad it didn't just keep pouring.
"It was a pretty ugly game from our side," substitute manager Harold Baines said.
Tuesday was a continuation of a bizarre trend for Garcia this season. Under the sun, he's unbeatable with a 7-0 record and 2.92 ERA. It has been completely different at night, however. Under the lights, Garcia is 3-10 with a 4.02 ERA.
Even without his illness, Guillen wasn't going to manage Tuesday's game anyway because he was beginning a two-game suspension.
Baines said one of Guillen's sons talked to him in the middle of the game from the hospital and said Guillen passed his stones. According to Sox trainer Herm Schneider, Guillen will be dismissed from the hospital Wednesday morning.
Baines will be running the show again Wednesday, and until Guillen is able to return to the dugout.
Detroit took the lead on Garcia's second pitch of the game when Omar Infante hit the first of five Tiger home runs.
Bobby Higginson hit the first of his two home runs in the second to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Higginson came into the game without an extra-base since in his last 19 games.
"[Garcia] was getting his pitches up and they took advantage of it," Baines said.
The Sox scored three in their half of the third, one coming on a home run from catcher Ben Davis before Detroit built the lead up to 6-3 on Higginson's second home run.
Carlos Guillen made it 7-3 Tigers with the fourth homer of the night off Garcia. In his 15 starts with Seattle this season, Garcia didn't allow more than one home run in any game and only eight total.
In his first three starts with the Sox, Garcia allowed five long balls. But in his last six starts, he had given up only two and they came in the same game against the Tigers on Aug. 1 in Detroit.
After Guillen's home run to lead off the fifth, Ivan Rodriguez doubled. After getting Dmitri Young to fly out, White reached on an infield hit.
Neal Cotts came in and threw three wild pitches in 1 2/3 innings, two of them allowing Rodriguez and White to score to make it 9-3.
Once again, the Sox mounted a comeback.
Davis led off the sixth with a walk. After Joe Crede popped out, Aaron Rowand and Robbie Alomar singled to load the bases.
Carlos Lee then hit a ball to third off Tiger reliever Gary Knotts that could have been handled by third baseman Brandon Inge. Instead, the ball went past Inge down the third base line for a two-run double.
After Konerko walked to load the bases, Everett hit a three-hopper to Knotts, who threw home to force Alomar. Rodriguez's throw to first then sailed down the right-field line, allowing Lee and Konerko to score to make it 9-7.