Detroit’s decline from contender to pretender in the American League Central continued yesterday afternoon as the Tigers wasted a ninth inning comeback against the first place White Sox and lost 6-to-4 in 11-innings at Comerica Park. The defeat left Detroit a season-high 9 games from the top spot in the Central after the White Sox took 3 out of 4 from the Tigers.
Chicago’s division lead remains at a game-and-a-half over the Twins, who won at Tampa Bay. Detroit’s All-Star closer Jose Valverde, who has struggled of late, suffered the loss yesterday when Mark Kotsay tripled home two runs in the top of the 11th. Kotsay also hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
Ryan Raburn got the Tigers back in the game with a 3-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. But Raburn couldn’t produce the magic again in the bottom of the 11th when he grounded out with runners on first and second to end the game. The Tigers are at a major league worst 5-and-17 since the All-Star break.
Tonight, Detroit continues the home stand, opening a 3-game series against the Angels. The Cubs, who were idle Thursday, host the Reds this afternoon at Wrigley Field.