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Garland solid after Tigers' 4-run 3rd
Things seemed to be going according to format least recent formfor the White Sox on Tuesday night.
An early lead disappeared when three bloop hits preceded a no-doubt-about-it grand slam off starter Jon Garland.
Just like that, the Sox were staring at a three-run deficit and their sixth straight loss.
But showing a spark that has been in short supply recently, the Sox bounced back with a four-run inning of their own and went on to a 9-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The victory pulled the Sox to within one game of .500.
Garland (9-9) shook off the four-run thirdthe 13th time this season he has allowed at least three runs in an inningto pitch seven solid innings.
He pitched out of a jam without a run scoring in the fourth after allowing a leadoff triple to Brandon Inge.
The Sox took the lead with a home run from Juan Uribe in the first, his 17th of the season. Uribe has a chance to double his career high in home runs10 last season in Colorado.
The Tigers scored their runs in the third on bloop singles by Bobby Higginson and Rondell White and a swinging bunt single by Carlos Guillen. Carlos Pena then hit Garland's first pitch for a line-drive grand slam over the right-field wall.
"Typical Garland," Guillen said. "Bloops and then a bomb."
The Sox responded in the fifth off Tigers starter Wil Ledezma. Joe Crede started the rally with a one-out walk, and Joe Borchard followed with a single. Willie Harris doubled in Crede, a sacrifice fly by Aaron Rowand scored Borchard and Uribe's single scored Harris.
A wild pitch moved Uribe to second and Carlos Lee singled him in to give the Sox a 5-4 lead.
After Inge's triple in the fourth, Garland didn't allow another hit, walking two.
It was a sharp turnaround from his last outing, when he didn't make it out of the third inning against Detroit on Thursday.
"He came back and pitched the way everybody wishes he can pitch," Guillen said. "That's what I want to see, come back and be a man and do what he's supposed to do. Hopefully this outing will make this kid think about how good he is."
Tuesday was Garland's first outing since basically blaming his last loss on his teammates, specifically first baseman Paul Konerko, for costing him four unearned runs.
"[Garland's] fighting to have a good season now," Konerko said. "He hung in there. He could have given up when it was 4-1."
The Sox added to their lead with three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.
"It was nice to see the offense come back and see the offense come back and take over a game and win it," Konerko said. "We haven't done that in a while."
After Monday's meek loss, in which they struck out 14 times against Jeremy Bonderman, Guillen promised changes to bring more enthusiasm into the lineup. He had Rowand leading off, followed by Uribe and Lee. Combined they were 6-for-12 with six RBIs.
"The thing that keeps us going is when we hit," Guillen said. "When we don't hit, we just sit there and hope something happens. That's the wrong way to play the game. You have to get up and fight every day and play every inning like it's your last inning."