Tigers' Lobstein takes life out of White Sox
CHICAGO -- Detroit secured the final contest of a three-game series against the White Sox, claiming a 4-1 victory behind Kyle Lobstein on Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox were looking for their first sweep of the Tigers since 2008, and their first at home since 2006.
Lobstein allowed just one unearned run over 7 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two. He exited after a Melky Cabrera single in the eighth, but Joakim Soria began his four-out save by striking out Jose Abreu to end the inning. Soria then struck out the side in the ninth.
"We seem like we let the one go right down the middle and then we'd swing at the ball in the dirt," said White Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter Adam Eaton of facing Lobstein. "He's a deek-and-dive type of guy, but he was very effective today with some of our free-swinging approach at times."
Jose Quintana once again was a tough-luck loser for the White Sox, although the Tigers made him work. Quintana allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out eight, including five straight from the first through third innings.
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Running Rajai: Once again, an opportunistic stolen base by Rajai Davis with Miguel Cabrera at bat in the fifth inning paid off with a run. While Davis got a huge jump for third, Ian Kinsler stayed at first base, avoiding the incentive to intentionally walk Cabrera. Cabrera grounded out to third, but Davis got enough of a jump that Gordon Beckham had no play at the plate after he bobbled the ball.
"I'm just trying to get 90 feet closer," Davis said. "It's easier to score from third base with less than two outs instead of second."
Hard day's work: Quintana needed 107 pitches to get through just five innings but once again deserved better. The Tigers scored their two runs off of him via a wild pitch and a Cabrera ground ball bobbled momentarily by Beckham at third, costing him the chance for an inning-ending double play.
"They did a pretty good job of batting deep in their at-bats, not giving in," said White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers of the Tigers. "They fouled off a lot of well-executed pitches and forced you to throw multiple instead of getting them out on the first one. He did another good job competing. He went through that lineup multiple times and he gave us a chance." More >
Castellanos turns crafty: Lobstein went from a no-hit bid through three innings to a bases-loaded, no-out jam in fourth, but escaped with minimal damage thanks to Nick Castellanos. Hours after a line drive off his glove proved costly in Chicago's eighth-inning comeback, Castellanos turned Alexei Ramirez's grounder into a 5-2 double play, erasing the two lead runners to help Lobstein survive with a lone run allowed.
"I knew that he wasn't the best runner," Castellanos said of Abreu on third. "And if something was hit sharply at me, if I had time, step on third. It ended up happening on the first pitch." More >
Jennings' streak over: Entering Thursday's contest, White Sox reliever Dan Jennings had made nine straight scoreless appearances covering 11 innings. But the left-hander gave up two runs in the eighth in his second inning of relief, exiting after a season-high 38 pitches.
LONG BALL DROUGHT
Ramirez, who has been sitting on 99 career homers all season, swung at the first pitch in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out and grounded into the rare third base-to-catcher double play. Ramirez has gone 159 plate appearances since his last home run, dating back to Sept. 13 of last season.
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Soria became the first Tiger to convert a four-out save since Ian Krol last June 14 against the Twins. He became the first to convert a save of four or more outs with four or more strikeouts since Phil Coke fanned five batters in a two-inning save in St. Petersburg on Aug. 23, 2011.
Tigers: The Tabbies return home to begin a three-game series against the Royals, having split a four-game set in Kansas City last weekend. David Price will take the mound opposite Yordano Ventura on Friday night in a series-opening showdown starting at 7:08 p.m. ET.
White Sox: Hector Noesi, who has made six starts and 11 overall Interleague appearances, gets the weekend series against the Reds started Friday night at home. Noesi is 1-4 lifetime with a 4.17 ERA in Interleague action. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. CT.
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