Chicago White Sox hold off Detroit Tigers, 8-7, after benches clear
By DANA GAURUDER
DETROIT — Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run home run, Yasmani Grandal homered to spark a six-run fourth inning and the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox held off the Detroit Tigers in a testy 8-7 win on Monday.
The benches cleared after Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu and Detroit shortstop Niko Goodrum exchanged words when Abreu was tagged out attempting to steal second base in the ninth.
Abreu had been hit by a pitch from Alex Lange one inning after the Tigers’ Isaac Paredes was hit by a pitch. There were no ejections regarding the altercation, though White Sox bench coach Miguel Cairo was tossed for arguing after Abreu was hit.
Chicago manager Tony La Russa insinuated that Abreu was plunked intentionally.
“It seems they have issues when someone plays aggressively but not when they pitch aggressively and beyond the limits,” he said. “The game is played two ways, not just one way.”
Lange said he wasn’t trying to hit Abreu in a one-run game.
“He’s leaning out over the plate. He sees I’m working away,” Lange said. “Our report says finish up-and-in and that’s where I was going. Obviously, it wasn’t intentional. I’m pitching to my report.”
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch backed up Lange’s claim.
“If you throw it out over the plate, he destroys you. We threw it inside and it hit him,” he said. “He went in aggressively into second, (a) little old-school with the slide. Tensions got high, emotions got high and we’re all out on the field. .. I don’t think they hit us on purpose and I don’t think we hit them on purpose. Emotions just boiled over.”
Abreu, who had only one steal attempt this season prior to Monday, slid past the bag. But winning pitcher Dallas Keuchel didn’t feel Abreu figuratively crossed the line.
“I thought the slide was hard at second base but it was a good slide,” he said. “Now, any time somebody slides hard into second base it’s always taken into consideration.”
Abreu, who has been hit by a pitch 21 times this season, was not made available to the media.
Jonathan Schoop homered for the Tigers, who had defeated Chicago in their last four meetings. Eric Haase had a two-run single and Goodrum supplied a two-run triple during the Tigers’ five-run eighth.
Matt Manning (4-7) issued a career-high five walks while allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings.