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White Sox hold off Tigers with 8-7 win after benches clear

Mon Sep 27 5:38pm ET
By DANA GAURUDER
Associated Press

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks reacts to the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox benches clear in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, right, is held back by second base umpire Tim Timmons from Detroit Tigers shortstop Niko Goodrum (28) as Jeimer Candelario, second from left, tries to help in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Detroit Tigers shortstop Niko Goodrum tags Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) out at second base in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez (74) celebrates his two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez, right, celebrates his two-run home run as Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase looks on in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, celebrates his solo home run with Billy Hamilton in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox's Yasmani Grandal hits a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


DETROIT (AP) Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run home run, Yasmani Grandal homered to spark a six-run fourth inning and the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox held off the Detroit Tigers in a testy 8-7 win on Monday.

The benches cleared after Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu and Detroit shortstop Niko Goodrum exchanged words when Abreu was tagged out attempting to steal second base in the ninth. Abreu had been hit by a pitch from Alex Lange one inning after the Tigers' Isaac Paredes was hit by a pitch. There were no ejections.

Jimenez reached base four times and scored two runs. Cesar Hernandez and Zack Collins drove in two runs apiece in the makeup of a game postponed last Wednesday because of rain.

White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel (9-9) gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings. Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth, giving up one hit, for his 37th save.

Jonathan Schoop homered for the Tigers, who had defeated Chicago in their last four meetings. Eric Haase had a two-run single and Niko Goodrum supplied a two-run triple during the Tigers' five-run eighth.

Matt Manning (4-7) issued a career-high five walks while allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings.

OFF THE ROAD

The White Sox finished 6-5 on an 11-day road trip during which they clinched their first Central title since 2008. They'll play five home games, including three against the Tigers, before the postseason begins.

WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR

The loss was the 81st for Detroit, assuring that it will not have a winning record for a fifth consecutive season.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 3.16 ERA) will start the opener of a two-game series against Cincinnati on Tuesday. Lopez is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA this month and has given up a combined four home runs in his last two starts.

Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.10 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Minnesota on Tuesday. Alexander has a 7.20 ERA in four appearances, including two starts, against the Twins this season.

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