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Quentin, Hudson lead White Sox over Tigers 8-4

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[September 28, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer in his second straight game, rookie Daniel Hudson earned his first major league victory and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 Sunday for their third win in 11 games.

Hudson (1-1) outpitched All-Star Edwin Jackson (13-8) over six solid innings, and Quentin broke it open with a drive to right that capped a four-run eighth and made it 8-2.

The AL Central-leading Tigers had won five of six and got off to a good start when Chicago resident Curtis Granderson set a club record with his 24th career leadoff homer. But instead of another shot of momentum, they got a dose of disappointment heading into a four-game series with second-place Minnesota at Comerica Park that could decide the division championship.

Detroit remained two games ahead of the Twins, who lost 4-1 to Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals.

Scott Podsednik had two hits, tying it with a triple and scoring during a three-run sixth against Jackson that gave the White Sox a 4-2 lead and made a winner of Hudson. Quentin, Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez also had two hits apiece and Chicago prevailed after blowing a five-run lead the previous night in a 12-5 loss that led to another tirade by manager Ozzie Guillen.


Hudson, a 22-year-old right-hander, was shaky at times even though he allowed just two runs and three hits in his second major league start. He walked five but pitched out of several jams before turning it over to the bullpen.

Tony Pena threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Matt Thornton, who came on with two outs in the eighth, allowed two runs in the ninth but earned his third save.

Jackson pitched into the eighth but came up short while trying to earn his 14th win and tie a career high he set last year with Tampa Bay. The right-hander allowed seven hits and left after a leadoff single by Beckham, who came around on a two-out single by Mark Kotsay off Fernando Rodney that made it 5-2.

After Ramirez singled, Quentin hit his 19th homer.

The Tigers wasted several opportunities, none bigger than in the sixth when they settled for one run after loading the bases with one out. Hudson walked Placido Polanco, Miguel Cabrera and Aubrey Huff before Jose Guillen drove a sacrifice fly to center that gave Detroit a 2-1 lead, but the White Sox responded in the bottom half against Jackson.

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Alex Rios led off with a double down the left-field line. Podsednik drove him in with a triple to center to tie it and scored the go-ahead run on a double to left by Beckham, who came around on a single by Jermaine Dye.

NOTES: Granderson has 100 homers in his career. He also singled and doubled. ... The White Sox play three games at Cleveland before closing the season with three at Detroit. ... Count Ozzie Guillen among those who would like to see Chicago host the 2016 Summer Olympics. "I know a lot of people are against them, but I think people should be supporting this because a lot of great things can happen," he said. "I think this city is good enough, beautiful enough, a lot of fans to support that."

[Associated Press; By ANDREW SELIGMAN]

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