CHICAGO – Jose Contreras allowed one hit in eight strong innings in his return to the majors Monday night, getting his first win in nearly a year as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-1, to earn a split in their day-night doubleheader.
Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome homered for the White Sox in the second game after Detroit won the opener, 5-4, as Brandon Inge hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth.
Contreras allowed a two-out double to Clete Thomas in the first and had two stretches of 11 straight batters retired.
Chicago’s three homers came off Jeremy Bonderman (0-1), who was making his first major league appearance since June 1, 2008 and was activated from the disabled list between games.
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He lasted four-innings plus, gave up eight hits and was charged with six runs.
Ramirez homered in the first, Podsednik hit his first of the season in the second and Thome drove a two-run shot in the third for a 4-0 lead.
Marcus Thames homered off reliever Matt Thornton in the ninth for Detroit’s lone run.
In the opener, Inge singled home the go-ahead run shortly after an error on Chicago third baseman Josh Fields in a loss that had White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen fuming.
Miguel Cabrera reached on Fields’ error with one out. Thames followed with an infield single off shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s glove.
Inge then grounded a single into left field off Scott Linebrink (2-3), scoring pinch-runner Josh Anderson from second base.
Guillen was stewing about his team’s inability to move runners and get down bunts.
“If this was the 1980s, (none) of these guys would be in the big leagues right now, because if you hit .210-.230 and you can’t execute, I don’t think you should be out here,” Guillen said.
“When you can’t bunt, hit-and-run, squeeze and move the guy over, you better hit 40 home runs and drive in 140.”
He didn’t name names, but the White Sox manager was visibly upset.
“Somebody has to change because if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do, I’ll take the blame because that’s my job,” Guillen said.
“ ... We’re not doing it. We got excited here and there. After that, it was a boring game. Really, really, really bad baseball games. Terrible the way the guys played the game.”