CHICAGO — Far from perfect this time, Armando Galarraga was long gone when Brennan Boesch and Carlos Guillen hit back-to-back homers in a six-run seventh to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.
The centerpiece of a national story when a blown call against Cleveland last week spoiled a perfect game, Galarraga had a relatively uneventful night. He gave up a leadoff single to Juan Pierre in the first after being cheered on his way to the mound and allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings.
Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Galarraga in the fourth, but the Tigers got an RBI single from Guillen against Gavin Floyd in the sixth to pull to 2-1. Then, they knocked around Matt Thornton and Scott Linebrink to get the win after dropping two of three at Kansas City over the weekend.
The Tigers had runners on first and second with one out when Ryan Raburn drove a double to right off Thornton. Gordon Beckham took the cutoff from Carlos Quentin and threw wildly trying to get Raburn at second, allowing Johnny Damon to score the go-ahead run.
Thornton (2-3), who has been scored on in three straight outings, intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera. Boesch then drove his sixth homer over the center-field wall after striking out in his first three at-bats, making it 6-2, and Guillen knocked his third out to right off Linebrink to make it a five-run game.
That made a winner of Brad Thomas (3-0), who pitched two scoreless innings.
Galarraga was less than spectacular coming off a performance that turned him into an instant celebrity. Who will forget that?
Galarraga was poised to celebrate the 21st perfect game and third in the majors this season.
Then, in a flash, he was simply smiling at his misfortune and heading back to the mound after first-base umpire Jim Joyce emphatically called the Indians' Jason Donald safe even though replays showed he was clearly out.
What happened after that made it even more memorable.
Galarraga, who was covering first base, refused to lash out at the umpire, and a devastated Joyce apologized to the pitcher.
MANAGERS' SONS: The sons of major league managers Jim Leyland, Bruce Bochy and Ozzie Guillen are among the players selected during the second day of the baseball draft.
After televising its first and compensatory rounds during prime time Monday night, major league baseball held rounds 2-30 via conference calls.
All three managers' teams drafted in the family. Leyland's Detroit Tigers took his son, Patrick, in the eighth round. Patrick Leyland is a high school catcher from Pittsburgh.
San Francisco selected Bochy's son, Brett, a right-handed reliever from the University of Kansas, in the 20th round.
The Chicago White Sox took Guillen's son, Ozney, a Florida high school outfielder, in the 22nd round.