Holaday's bunt gives Tigers 4-3 win vs White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 12:13 am •  Published: April 30, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Bryan Holaday saw an opening and took advantage.

Holaday drove in Austin Jackson with a two-out bunt single in the ninth, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Holaday said he focused on White Sox third baseman Marcus Semien before going for the bunt hit against Ronald Belisario.

"I noticed he was staring in and then he backed up and I thought I had a good chance to lay it down," the catcher said.

Jackson bolted for home while Holaday beat the throw to first. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he was calling for the bunt, but he wasn't sure if the message ever got to Holaday.

"I don't know if he heard us or saw it on his own and took advantage," Ausmus said.

"(Holaday) is not a speed merchant but he's not slow. . He's got the ability to beat it out."

Jackson started the winning rally when he reached third on a one-out error by right fielder Dayan Viciedo. Belisario (1-3) pitched two innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

Holaday, a late lineup addition, went 2 for 4.

White Sox starter Jose Quintana struck out a season-high 10 in six innings, but received a no-decision for the third time this season. The left-hander allowed three runs and eight hits.

Justin Verlander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings for Detroit. It was the right-hander's 176th quality start since 2006.

The White Sox jumped ahead with three runs in the third. Adam Eaton doubled home Semien and then scored on Gordon Beckham's base hit. Adam Dunn drove in Beckham with a two-out double to right.

Detroit got one back on Victor Martinez's RBI single in the fourth, and then tied with two runs in Quintana's last inning.

The Tigers collected four straight two-out hits. Torii Hunter's RBI single scored Miguel Cabrera and Jackson's base hit drove in Martinez.