Anderson, Santiago lead White Sox past Tigers 8-4
DETROIT (AP) Tim Anderson is having quite a weekend in Detroit.
Anderson and Jose Abreu each hit a solo drive in the fifth, tying it at 3. Daniel Palka led off the sixth with a tiebreaking shot off Francisco Liriano (3-2), and Anderson’s three-run homer against Louis Coleman made it 7-3 White Sox.
The 24-year-old Anderson also connected during Friday night’s 5-4 loss to Detroit. He is up to 10 homers so far this season.
”I’m having a hot streak right now,” he said. ”It’s always nice when you get any kind of RBI, so I’ll take it.”
Santiago (1-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in five innings in his first win since May 9, 2017, for Minnesota against the White Sox. He had gone 0-8 with an 8.61 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
”It’s definitely nice to get that first win, and hopefully put a lot more on (the board),” Santiago said. ”Overall, I felt pretty good.”
Jeimer Candelario homered twice for Detroit and drove in three runs. Liriano struck out eight in five-plus innings, but was charged with five runs and six hits.
”I have to learn from my mistakes and get better next time,” Liriano said.
Candelario, who had the winning RBI single Friday night in his first game back from the disabled list, belted a two-run shot off Santiago in the first. He added a solo drive in the third, making it 3-1.
”I always prepare myself to the game, always prepare (for) who I’m facing,” said Candelario, who had been sidelined with left wrist tendinitis. ”I feel really awesome right now … with my wrist.”
Candelario seems to enjoy hitting in the No. 3 spot in the Tigers’ order, where he excelled Friday and Saturday. Before the injury, he was batting No. 2, followed by Nicholas Castellanos, who moved to the second spot.
”He had a good day, swung the bat really well,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said of Candelario. ”He’s on the ball.”
Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera (right hamstring strain) could return Sunday. He has been out since May 4. After finishing their series with the White Sox, the Tigers host the Angels in a four-game set at Comerica Park.
White Sox: RHP James Shields (1-4, 4.62 ERA) is expected to start Sunday’s game against the Tigers.
Tigers: LHP Blaine Hardy (0-0, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to face Shields.