De Aza walks off, Garcia flashes potential in White Sox win

De Aza walks off, Garcia flashes potential in White Sox win
August 13, 2013, 11:45 pm
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White Sox vs. Tigers, 12:30 p.m.
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On the hill: John Danks (2-9, 4.52 ERA); Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32 ERA)

Danks vs. Tigers (Career): 2-4, 6.75 ERA, 39 K's, 23 Walk, 44 IP

Porcello vs. White Sox: 5-4, 4.66 ERA, 30 K's, 13 Walks, 63.2 IP

Tigers at at a glance: 69-49 (1st in American League Central, six games ahead of Cleveland) 

Sox going for the sweep The White Sox are currently 23 games behind the Tigers, yet the South Siders have the opportunity today to sweep their division rival for the first time in seven years.

Tigers pitching leaders: Wins - Max Scherzer (17); ERA - Anibal Sanchez (2.58); Strikeouts - Scherzer (181); Saves - Joaquin Benoit (14)

Tigers batting leaders: Average - Miguel Cabrera (.362); Home runs - Cabrera (37); RBIs - Cabrera (111); On-base percentage - Cabrera (.456)

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Avisail Garcia may feel some pressure to perform but on Tuesday night he relieved a little.

The young outfielder scored two runs, including the game-winner, and drove in two more as the White Sox topped the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 11 innings at U.S. Cellular Field. Garcia reached base three times against his old team and the White Sox won for the sixth time in nine games in spite of a three-error night from shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

Alejandro De Aza’s one-out RBI single to right field off Detroit’s Phil Coke gave the White Sox a walk-off victory. Addison Reed (5-1) earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief.

He'll probably be more relaxed as time goes on and he's here,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Garcia, who was acquired from Detroit on July 30 in a trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox. “But again, it's a nice job. He's kind of staying through it, being simple. The first couple days, probably swinging a little hard trying to hit something real far. So, nice at-bat, get something the other way against a very tough pitcher. I think that's the biggest thing tonight is to get some runs off of (Max) Scherzer. We got some guys on and we cashed them in.”

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The White Sox loaded the bases against reliever Jeremy Bonderman without a base hit.

Garcia, who went 2-for-4, drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and reached second base when Bonderman (2-4) threw high to second on Jeff Keppinger’s bunt. Tyler Flowers drew a walk to load the bases.

De Aza then singled to right over a drawn-in infield. De Aza also had a walk-off in extra innings over the New York Yankees last week.

Asked for his thoughts on Garcia, De Aza said: “He’s got great speed and he’s got some pop, too.”

The Tigers had a chance to pull ahead in the top of the 11th as Ramirez’s third error brought Miguel Cabrera to the plate with runners on the corners with two outs. But reliever Addison Reed got his glove on Cabrera’s liner up the middle and Ramirez raced in and fired to first in time to get the slugger for the final out.

White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago pitched well for five innings despite being a little more than 24 hours removed from a root canal.

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He put 10 men on base, including five in the second inning. But only one of those five scored as Santiago struck out Austin Jackson to strand the bases loaded.

Santiago allowed two runs (one earned), six hits and walked four over five innings.

The unearned run scored in the sixth after Ramirez made a bad relay throw to first on a potential inning-ending double play ball. Ramirez also made an error in the eighth inning that led to the tying run to score.

Ramirez has tied his career high with 20 errors this season.

The White Sox took a 3-1 lead against Scherzer in the fourth inning on a two-run triple by Garcia. Garcia kept a 1-2 pitch from Scherzer just inside the right-field line to score a pair of runs. On the play, Tigers second baseman Omar Infante made an ill-advised throw to third base and it scooted past Cabrera, allowing Garcia to score for a 3-1 lead.

“I feel very good,” Garcia said. “I’m just trying to do my job, play hard and do something good for my team. I’m trying to win games. …It’s all about when baseball. When you get traded, that’s going to happen. You want to play the same way you play all the years of your career.”