DETROIT (AP) — A day after losing to Detroit on a ninth-inning homer, Adam Dunn and the Chicago White Sox returned the favor.
Dunn hit a two-run shot deep into the right-field seats off Jose Valverde in the ninth Saturday and Chicago went on to beat the Tigers 3-2.
Detroit defeated the White Sox 5-4 on Friday night when Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run shot with one out in the ninth. There was also one out when Dunn hit his 422-foot drive off Valverde (2-1).
"We needed to win this game today," Dunn said. "I definitely didn't want to chase anything — just got a pitch that I could get in the air and it happened to go out."
Nate Jones (1-0) got the win and Addison Reed came on to strike out Austin Jackson with runners on second and third for the final out. It was Reed's first career save.
Detroit's Delmon Young went hitless in his first game back from a seven-day suspension following his April 27 arrest in New York.
It was Valverde's second blown save of the season. He was perfect in 49 chances in 2011.
"Last year is over," Valverde said. "The closer, everybody knows, it's not easy. One pitch can be the game, like it was today. Adam Dunn got it."
Dunn endured a horrendous 2011 season, his first with the White Sox. After hitting at least 38 homers for seven straight years, he managed only 11 last season to go along with a .159 batting average.
He's back to his productive self so far in 2012, hitting .250 with eight homers.
"It's good," Dunn said. "This is kind of what I expect to do."
Paul Konerko also went deep for Chicago.
The Tigers scratched out their two runs in the second on RBI singles by Andy Dirks and Jackson.
The White Sox trailed 2-0 before Konerko's solo shot in the seventh. Alejandro De Aza started the ninth with a single and a stolen base. He was sacrificed to third and Dunn — always a strikeout risk — made solid contact to put Chicago ahead.
Jones had pitched the bottom of the eighth, and Hector Santiago came on to try to close it out, but a walk and a double put Chicago's slim lead in jeopardy. Reed, who hasn't allowed a run this season, got the best of Jackson to preserve the win.
Gavin Floyd allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings for the White Sox.