Davidson's walk-off blast lifts White Sox over Tigers
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[September 04, 2018]
Matt Davidson hit a
game-winning, two-run homer to cap a three-run, ninth-inning rally
and give the Chicago White Sox a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on
Davidson ripped the first pitch he saw from Tigers closer Shane
Greene (2-6) over the left-field wall.
Daniel Palka led off the bottom of the ninth with an opposite-field
blast off Greene to tie the score. Welington Castillo followed with
a single before Davidson's long ball.
Victor Martinez hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth for
Detroit. Martinez drilled a 3-1 fastball over the left-field wall
off Jace Fry for his first hit of the game.
Niko Goodrum also homered for Detroit, his 16th this season. Blaine
Hardy pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Detroit.
Frye (2-2) was credited with the victory.
Nicky Delmonico's solo shot accounted for the other White Sox run.
Delmonico has eight homers this season.
Neither starter figured in the decision. Chicago's Reynaldo Lopez
gave up one run on four hits in seven innings while walking none and
striking out six. Detroit's Michael Fulmer allowed just one run --
Delmonico's homer -- in 5 2/3 innings but walked four and struck out
Fulmer departed the game when he suffered a bruised right shin when
struck by Palka's liner. The ball deflected to first baseman
Goodrum, who picked it up and recorded the out. Fulmer walked off
the field without assistance.
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White Sox first baseman Matt Davidson (24) celebrates with teammates
after he hit a two run walk off home run in the ninth inning against
the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt
Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Delmonico hit the first pitch Fulmer threw just over the
right-center fence to give the White Sox an early lead.
The Tigers had a threat going when Victor Reyes ripped a one-out
triple in the third on which center fielder Adam Engel nearly made a
diving catch. Lopez struck out the next batter before hitting JaCoby
Jones with a pitch. But he recovered to strike out Nicholas
Castellanos on a 3-2 count.
Lopez only allowed an infield single during the next three innings.
Goodrum then tied the game leading off the seventh with his blast to
Tim Anderson doubled with two out in the seventh but Hardy struck
out Engel to end the threat.
--Field Level Media
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