Tigers 9, White Sox 0

The Chicago White Sox are struggling at the plate, on the mound

and in the field.

Brad Penny and Ryan Raburn took advantage.

Penny gave up only one hit, which could’ve been ruled an error,

and Raburn drove in three runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat

Chicago 9-0 Sunday.

”Right now, we’re getting our heads beat in,” Juan Pierre

said. ”A week ago, we might have been the best team in baseball,

and right now we might be the worst.”

The White Sox have lost nine of 10 after starting the season

7-4.

”We’re not hitting, we’re not making pitches and we are making

blunders in the field,” A.J. Pierzynski said.

The White Sox have scored just 32 runs in its last 12 games.

They didn’t score any for Edwin Jackson (2-2) on a day he really

needed the support at the plate and from his teammates on

defense.

Jackson (2-2) gave up eight runs – seven earned – on 12 hits and

four walks over 5 2-3 innings.

”Jax just didn’t have a slider at all,” Pierzynski said. ”It

was just spinning up there, and usually it is his best pitch. They

got a lot of hits off bad sliders, and that normally never

happens.”

Jackson held the Tigers scoreless through three innings, then

they scored five in the fourth thanks in part to some poor defense

and three more in the sixth.

Jhonny Peralta’s liner to left was mishandled by Pierre, letting

two runs score. Alex Avila followed with a triple on a deep fly

that faded away from center fielder Alex Rios, allowing two more to

score. Brandon Inge scored the final run of the inning on a

headfirst slide, beating a throw from shortstop Ramirez on a

fielder’s choice.

Penny had a no-hit bid broken up on what was ruled an infield

single.

With one-out in the sixth inning, Brent Morel hit a chopper down

the third-base line. Inge backhanded it behind the bag and made a

throw in the dirt that first baseman Miguel Cabrera couldn’t field

cleanly to attempt a tag on Morel.

Official scorer Ron Kleinfelter called it a hit, not an error

that would’ve kept the no-hitter intact, after watching the

replay.

”My decision is based on my understanding and application of

ordinary effort,” Kleinfelter said 45 minutes after the game.

”Based on that, I stand by my call. It was a base hit. Pure and

simple.”

Most of 35,227 fans at Comerica Park booed, but Tigers manager

Jim Leyland agreed with Kleinfelter’s decision and Penny didn’t

have a problem with it.

Chicago’s Juan Pierre, who was standing in the on-deck circle

during the play, also thought the scorer got it right.

”There’s no way that’s a routine play,” Pierre said. ”Inge

makes a lot of plays look routine, but that doesn’t mean they are,

especially since Mo can get down the line.”

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes his players are

tired of getting beat.

”We need to cut this off right now,” Guillen said. ”It seems

like we are waiting every day to lose the game. It is time to show

people how good we are.”

NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy is scheduled to throw on the

side Sunday, taking another step toward a tentatively scheduled

start April 28 after his surgically repaired shoulder was tender

and irritated. … Morel had a team-high two hits.