CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Wilson hit Avisail Garcia with a with a pitch when the bases were loaded in the 11th inning, and the Chicago White Sox handed the Detroit Tigers their eighth straight loss, 4-3 on Friday night.
Adam LaRoche hit a tying solo homer off Joakim Soria with two outs in the ninth, and the four-time defending AL Central champions matched their longest skid since 2005. The Tigers also fell to .500 for the first time this year.
And this one really had to hurt.
Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez started the winning rally for Chicago with back-to-back singles off Wilson (1-2) before Jose Abreu was intentionally walked. That loaded the bases with none out, and Garcia got hit by a 1-2 pitch.
That made a winner of Jake Petricka (1-1), who worked an inning.
The Tigers looked as if they were on their way to a routine win after Josh Wilson broke a 1-all tie with his two-run single off Jose Quintana in the seventh.
But Garcia homered leading off the bottom half against Kyle Ryan. LaRoche tied it in the ninth with a drive just beyond a leaping center fielder Rajai Davis’ glove, to send the game into extra innings.
Ryan held Chicago to two runs and three hits over seven solid innings. He settled down after giving up an RBI double to Jose Abreu in the first and did not allow another run until Garcia’s drive in the seventh, making it 3-2.
The White Sox had the tying run on in the eighth after pinch hitter J.B. Shuck led off with a single against Joba Chamberlain. But with two outs and the runner on third, Soria came in and got Alexei Ramirez to ground out to short to end the inning.
He then retired the first two batters in the ninth before LaRoche drove an 0-1 pitch just beyond Davis’ reach for his seventh homer. The blown save was Soria’s second in 17 chances.
Quintana lasted seven innings, giving up three runs and nine hits.
He was sailing along until the seventh, when Wilson came through with a two-run single to break a 1-all tie. That happened after J.D. Martinez led off with a single and Nick Castellanos walked. The runners moved up on a bunt by James McCann, and Wilson drove them in with his hit to right-center.
Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (strained right triceps), sidelined the entire season, is expected to throw 85 to 90 pitches Saturday in his second rehab start for Triple-A Toledo. Barring a setback, his next start will be for the Tigers, although Ausmus would not say when. … RHP Bruce Rondon (biceps tendinitis), who was expected to join the Tigers on Friday, will make one more appearance for Toledo on Saturday, instead. He missed last season after Tommy John surgery.
White Sox: RHP Zach Putnam, bothered lately by a thumb injury, struck out the side in the eighth.
LHP John Danks (3-4, 4.81 ERA) looks to build on an unusual shutout for the White Sox, while LHP David Price (4-2, 3.15) starts for Detroit. Danks pitched Chicago’s first complete game despite allowing 10 hits — five for extra bases — in a 6-0 win at Houston on Sunday. According to STATS LLC, he is the only pitcher to give up at least 10 hits and at least five extra-base hits in a shutout going back to 1914.