Kotsay homers, then hits 2-run triple in 11th inning that sends White Sox over Tigers 6-4
DETROIT – Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then lined a two-run triple in the 11th that sent the Chicago White Sox past the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Thursday.
Detroit's Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bobby Jenks that made it 4-all. Raburn grounded out with runners on first and second to end it.
Sergio Santos (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first major league win. Freddy Garcia pitched 6 2-3 strong innings for the AL Central leaders.
Kotsay's go-ahead triple came off Jose Valverde (1-3). Brent Lillibridge and Andruw Jones hit one-out singles in the 11th before Kotsay's drive into the right-center field gap.
With the White Sox leading 4-1 in the ninth, Don Kelly singled with one out and Jenks hit pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago with a pitch.
After Austin Jackson struck out, Raburn, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, homered into the left-field stands. It was only Jenks' third blown save in 26 chances.
Kelly also homered for Detroit, 5-17 since the All-Star Break.
Chicago's Juan Pierre stole his 500th career base, which was also his major league-leading 41st swipe of the season, in the first inning.
Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Alexei Ramirez drew a leadoff walk, Ramon Castro doubled and Max Scherzer threw a wild pitch that scored a run. Pierre added an RBI single.
Kelly led off the seventh with his second home run. Garcia allowed a run and five hits, walking four and striking out four.
Kotsay hit his seventh homer in the ninth off Robbie Weinhardt for a 4-1 lead.
NOTES: Pierre was thrown out on his next two steal attempts after his milestone stolen bases. He went 2 for 5 at the plate and stretched his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. He's 19 for 48 (.396) in that span. ... Detroit 2B Carlos Guillen, on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain, will join Single-A West Michigan Friday to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment. ... Raburn also made an outstanding diving catch at second base, going to his right for Castro liner's to end the top of the ninth.