Garcia hit with bases full, White Sox beat Tigers 4-3 in 11
CHICAGO (AP) Through all the disappointment, the Chicago White Sox still believe they can turn things around.
The White Sox did it in a flash Friday night. Question is: Can they turn around their season?
Adam LaRoche's solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning tied it and Alex Wilson hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving Chicago a 4-3 victory and the Detroit Tigers their eighth straight loss.
Garcia also homered. LaRoche tied it with his solo drive off Joakim Soria to send the game to extra innings, and the Tigers matched their longest skid since 2005. The four-time defending AL Central champions also fell to .500 for the first time this year.
The White Sox, meanwhile, insist it's too soon to write them off, that they can play up to the expectations they had coming into the season.
''I think the whole clubhouse feels that way,'' LaRoche said. ''We've had some rough games. We've had some games where we let some guys dominate us for seven, eight innings. We need to get past that. The bright side there is we're coming back in a lot of games, just like tonight getting down 3-1.''
For Detroit, 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 in the right arm by a 1-2 pitch.
That made a winner of Jake Petricka (1-1), who worked the 11th.
''I've been through it before,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''These things happen in this game. It will rip your heart out at times, but I think everybody in this clubhouse knows we're a good team and this is just a bad stretch.''
The Tigers looked as if they were on their way to a routine win after Josh Wilson broke a 1-1 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 gave up an RBI double to 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 shortstop 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.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera extended his on-base streak to 24 games, going 0 for 4 with a walk. ... LaRoche's homer was his 250th.
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.
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, 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.