DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias singled through a drawn-in infield to drive in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, on Friday to improve their major league-best record to 9-1.
Nick Castellanos led off the ninth with a sinking liner to right off Zach Duke (1-1) that Melky Cabrera couldn’t grab cleanly. Castellanos stretched the hit into a double, narrowly avoiding the tag from shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s tag.
After a delay while White Sox manager Robin Ventura discussed the call with the umpires, Alex Avila sacrificed and Iglesias singled to shallow right-center.
Detroit is off to its best start since 1984, according to STATS. The Tigers went 104-58 that year and won their last World Series title.
David Price pitched four-hit ball over eight innings with nine strikeouts and two walks, and Joakim Soria (1-0) threw a perfect ninth.
Chicago starter Jeff Samardzjia gave up one run and eight hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none.
A second-inning home run by former Tiger Avisail Garcia put Chicago ahead. Yoenis Cespedes homered in the fourth, a drive that cleared the first section of seats in left.
White Sox: RHP Jake Petricka, who has not pitched this season due to a forearm strain, began a rehab stint Thursday night with Triple-A Charlotte. Petricka pitched a perfect inning of relief and is scheduled to pitch again on Saturday.
Tigers: Victor Martinez was rested on Friday due to soreness. Martinez, limited to pinch hitting against Pittsburgh, looked noticeably uncomfortable during an at-bat on Tuesday, and manager Brad Ausmus decided to give him one more day off. He is expected to play Saturday. … Justin Verlander (triceps strain) will not come off the disabled list in time to make Tuesday’s start against the Yankees. Kyle Lobstein will remain in the rotation.
White Sox: Chris Sale (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will pitch against Detroit on Saturday. Sale has a 2.84 ERA, against the Tigers with 106 strikeouts in 92 innings and a .220 batting average but is just 5-5.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 3.46 ERA) starts for the Tigers. He is 2-4 against the White Sox with a 3.72 ERA in six starts.
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