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Published: Thursday, 4/16/2009

Tigers shut down White Sox in rout


DETROIT - Armando Galarraga found a way to escape trouble against the Chicago White Sox yesterday afternoon.

Galarraga pitched 61/3 scoreless innings, leading the Detroit Tigers past the White Sox 9-0 to end Chicago's three-game winning streak.

"He was very good, but we let him off the hook too many times," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's a good pitcher, but we were chasing his slider when we needed hits."

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Tigers.

Galarraga (2-0) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five.

He left to a standing ovation after walking Paul Konerko with one out in the seventh.

"He was tremendous," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had late life on his pitches. It was darting and moving late in the strike zone, just at the right time. They've hit a lot of our mistakes out of the ballpark, and we were able to eliminate that today."

Jose Contreras (0-2) allowed five runs - three earned - and five hits in 52/3 innings.

"I thought Jose threw the ball absolutely well," Guillen said. "But with the Tigers, they are such a good-hitting team that you've got to stay right on top of them for all nine innings and we didn't do that."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Josh Anderson and Ramon Santiago walked, and after Curtis Granderson hit into a force at second, Placido Polanco sent a shot over Brian Anderson's head in center for a two-run double.

The Tigers made it 5-0 in the sixth on Cabrera's leadoff homer and a two-run single by Santiago.

Cabrera provided the sixth run with an RBI single in the seventh, and the Tigers made it 9-0 with three runs in the eighth.

"When you get a lead, it is huge when you can keep chipping away and adding to it," Gerald Laird said.

For the White Sox, Josh Fields tripled with one out in the first, but Galarraga struck out Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome.

"He made every pitch he needed to make," Fields said. "We got some runners on base, but then he shut us down."

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