Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Sanchez cleared the bases with a triple in the 10th inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday to start a four-game series.
"Sanchez had a huge hit," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "We're really proud of him."
Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, and Adam Eaton hit a solo home run for the White Sox, who had lost eight of their last nine road games.
Zach Duke (3-2) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief, and starter Carlos Rodon allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings with seven strikeouts.
Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez each homered for Detroit, who is coming off a 3-4 road trip.
Starter Alfredo Simon allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, but the loss went to Joba Chamberlain (0-2) after allowing Sanchez's 10th-inning triple.
Chamberlain was summoned to pitch the 10th after closer Joakim Soria held Chicago off the board in the ninth. He got LaRoche to ground out to start the inning, but a walk to Melky Cabrera and breaking ball that grazed Avisail Garcia's elbow started a rally. Alexei Ramirez struck out, but J.B. Shuck's infield hit set up Sanchez for the go-ahead triple.
"I think (Chamberlain) struggled to find the strike zone a little bit at times," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "He worked himself into a jam and couldn't get out of it."
David Robertson entered to lock down the save but ran into significant trouble. Singles by Andrew Romine and Jose Iglesias around a walk to Anthony Gose loaded the bases, and Bryan Holaday singled home two runs to pull the Tigers within a run.
Kinsler flew out on the first pitch of his at-bat to bring up Miguel Cabrera, but the White Sox opted to intentionally walk him and move the potential tying run to third base to face Josh Wilson, who pinch ran for Victor Martinez in the ninth. Wilson struck out to end the game.
Down 5-2 in the fifth, Detroit pulled closer when Victor Martinez's double was followed by J.D. Martinez's 18th home run of the season.
In the eighth, Iglesias tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep left field. Nick Castellanos led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Zach Putnum before coming home to score the fifth run.
It only took two pitches from Simon for Chicago to take a 1-0 lead. Eaton lined a home run over the right-field wall for his fourth homer of the season.
It then only took two batters in the Tigers' half of the first for them to go in front. After Rajai Davis beat out an infield hit, Kinsler hit his second home run of the season to put Detroit up 2-1.
In the second, Melky Cabrera singled before Garcia doubled over Davis' head in center field to tie the game. Garcia moved up a base on Conor Gillaspie's groundout and scored when Tyler Flowers singled to left field to return the lead to Chicago.
The White Sox added two more runs in the fifth. Eaton and Jose Abreu walked to reach base, and LaRoche hit a deep fly ball that Davis could not track down in center field for a two-run double.
J.D. Martinez extended his on-base streak to 18 games ... The Tigers are now 0-30 when trailing after seven innings ... Victor Martinez finished 3-for-4 with a walk ... Prior to the game, Detroit recalled reliever Bruce Rondon and optioned starter Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo. Rondon struck out both batters he faced in the seventh inning ... Detroit pitcher Joe Jimenez and Chicago pitcher Frankie Montas will represent their organizations at the Futures Game next month during All-Star Weekend in Cincinnati.