'El del Pinonal' delivers walk-off to beat Tigers

August 26th, 2017

CHICAGO -- and both pitched well enough to win during Friday night's series opener between the Tigers and White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, which was ended by 's walk-off single.
Neither right-hander ultimately figured in the decision for the 3-2 White Sox victory, the South Siders' third straight win. , who featured"B. Moss" on his back for Players Weekend in tribute to his friend Branden Moss who was tragically killed earlier this year, opened the ninth with a double off of Detroit reliever and scored on Sanchez's single to right.
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"We're always going to fight until the end," Sanchez said. "We always battle. Doesn't matter the score. 'Gonzo' threw really, really well today. He gave us a chance to win the game today."
"It means a lot. It means a lot to our teammates," Gonzalez said. "We have a lot of talent here, as we all can see and we know. And it's only going to get better. Giving my team a chance to win, that's my goal every time out there."

Verlander, who sported "JV" on his back, gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Tigers while striking out eight and walking two. Gonzalez, featuring his home state of Jalisco with "El Jalisciense," limited the Tigers to two runs over eight innings while fanning a season-high nine without issuing a walk. Gonzalez has allowed four earned runs over his last four starts.

, known as "Mal Tiempo," homered in the first to put the White Sox on the board. It was his 26th this season and fifth career dinger off of Verlander.
"Very good player," Verlander said. "Since he's been here, he's made great adjustments. Him and I have kind of gone back and forth, where he's taken some really good swings off me at times, and I've owned him for a little bit of a stretch, and then he's gotten me. It shows he makes adjustments, makes adjustments quickly, and if you make a mistake, he's a guy that can do a lot of damage."

Iglesias drops the Tigers in front: turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with a soft single over the head of Anderson in the fifth inning. Iglesias' hit brought home , who singled, and , whose ground-rule double fell just out of the reach of left fielder , known as "El Chamaquito" during Players Weekend.

Sanchez can't go home: Verlander escaped a first-and-third, one-out situation in the seventh when Sanchez was nabbed at home on the back end of a double-steal attempt. Sanchez broke for home after catcher threw the ball to second to try to nail . But , known as "Bootsie" for Players Weekend, quickly threw to McCann, who made the catch, applied the tag and held on after Sanchez tried to jar the ball loose.
"That's one of those things you practice in Spring Training but haven't seen in almost six months now," Verlander said. "I haven't seen that play run once on our end. But when you have guys like Iglesias and Kinsler up the middle, and 'Mac' at home, it doesn't matter when it happens. I feel like we're going to have a good chance to get that guy out."
"That was my decision. They told me take a really good jump if I can control," Sanchez said. "But next time, I have to think that if Engel is running at first, he's really fast so sometimes you learn from your mistakes. We won the game, so it doesn't matter now."

"It was pretty uncomfortable. I don't want anyone to feel what I was feeling. Now I feel great. … We're doing a good job." -- Gonzalez, who has a 2.93 ERA in eight outings since coming off the disabled list after dealing with AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder
"I think some guys were maybe a little sore today. I was sore from trying to pull [Aaron] Judge off 'Miggy.'" -- Verlander, on any hangover effect from Thursday's Tigers-Yankees fracas
Abreu's home run was the fifth of his career off Verlander, pushing him past Minnesota's Joe Mauer for most against the Tigers' right-hander. Among active players, only Cleveland's has more, with eight.
The Tigers thought they had picked off Hanson from second base in the third inning, and according to second-base umpire Lance Barrett, they had. The White Sox challenged and gained a reversal after a 1-minute, 10-second review. Hanson was thrown out at third base on a fielder's-choice ground ball a couple pitches later.

Tigers:, who struck out 11 White Sox over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Chicago on May 27, will try to recreate that stingy pitching as the series continues on Saturday with a 7:10 p.m. ET start. Farmer gets a spot start with and on the disabled list.
White Sox: gets the call for Game 2 of this series with a first pitch of 6:10 p.m. CT on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Over Rodon's last five starts, the southpaw has a 2.25 ERA with 37 strikeouts against nine walks.
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