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White Sox fall 4-3 to Tigers on Holaday's bunt

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 9:49 am •  Published: April 30, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — One great bunt, one tough inning, and one ace pitcher cost the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night

Bryan Holaday bunted home Austin Jackson with two out in the ninth to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Jackson lined a long drive to right off Ronald Belisario and reached third when the ball was misplayed for an error by Dayan Viciedo. Jackson scored on Holaday's surprise bunt down the third base line.

"Textbook — I mean it was good, I mean it was a perfect bunt," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Just a smart play, you know. Wet conditions, it would have been tough to get him on a night that was dry let alone the way it was. So it was just a smart play."

White Sox starter Jose Quintana struck out a season-high 10, but had no decision for the third time this season, departing after six innings with the game tied 3-all.

Quintana struggled in the sixth as the Tigers collected four straight two-out hits and scored twice. Torii Hunter's RBI single drove in Miguel Cabrera and Jackson's base hit to left plated Victor Martinez to tie it 3-3.

"I think I gave up a big inning in the sixth inning. It was a big inning for me," Quintana said. "But I was trying to throw a good pitch with two outs so I could get the last out after the two runs. I think it was a really good game, tied game, close game."

It was that way because the White Sox could only crack Justin Verlander once, scoring three times in the third. Adam Eaton's double to left scored Marcus Semien, Gordon Beckham singled home Eaton, and Adam Dunn drove in Beckham with a two-out double to right.

"I was a little out of rhythm after six days off," Verlander said.

The former Cy Young award-winner gave up three earned runs on six hits, walking three and striking out four. The White Sox had their last chance against him in the seventh when they had runners on the corner with one out, but Verlander stuck out Semien and Eaton to end the threat.

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