Rodriguez pitches into 7th inning as Tigers beat White Sox 4-2

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 01: Eduardo Rodriguez #57 of the Detroit Tigers reacts as he is removed from the game by manager A.J. Hinch #14 against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 01, 2023 in Ch

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched neatly into the seventh and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Friday night.

Rodriguez (10-7) bounced back from a loss to Houston last week with a solid outing against struggling Chicago, helping Detroit win its second straight after losing five in a row.

The White Sox came up short in their first game since chairman Jerry Reinsdorf promoted Chris Getz to general manager on Thursday. Getz took over after after GM Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams were fired last week.

Rodriguez went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and six hits. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two while improving to 4-0 in 10 starts against Chicago.

Beau Brieske retired pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal on a fly to shallow left with runners on the corners to end the seventh before giving up a sacrifice fly to Luis Robert Jr. in the eighth, cutting it to 4-2.

Will Vest got the final two outs of that inning, and Alex Lange worked the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.

Riley Greene hit a two-run single in the fifth to give Detroit a 2-1 lead. The Tigers added another run while chasing White Sox starter Touki Toussaint (2-7) in the sixth .

Jake Rogers had three hits, scored a run and drove in one.

Toussaint allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and retired 11 in a row before Parker Meadows and Rogers singled to start the fifth. Both runners scored with two out when Greene bounced a two-run single past diving second baseman Lenyn Sosa, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Toussaint exited with runners on first and third in the sixth.

Sammy Peralta retired Meadows on a pop fly to Sosa in shallow right field. But a wild throw to the infield allowed Spencer Torkelson to score from third, making it 3-1. Cabrera got thrown out at the plate by left fielder Andrew Benintendi trying to score on a single by Zack Short.


The White Sox recalled INF José Rodríguez from Double-A Birmingham and RHP Luis Patiño from Triple-A Charlotte.

A top prospect, Rodríguez was with the White Sox briefly in June and did not get a plate appearance. He is hitting .264 with 18 home runs, 54 RBIs and 28 steals in 87 games with Birmingham.

The Tigers designated LHP Bennett Sousa for assignment.


Tigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull was scratched from Friday’s start at Triple-A Toledo because of a cracked toenail, manager A.J. Hinch said.

White Sox: Manager Pedro Grifol said he expects LHP Garrett Crochet (shoulder soreness) to pitch again this season. "I’m not sure where, but he’s still in the rehab process, he’s feeling pretty good," Grifol said. Crochet, sidelined since June 15, has made 10 relief appearances.


The series continues with the White Sox sending RHP Mike Clevinger (6-6, 3.32 ERA) to the mound and the Tigers going with RHP Reese Olson (2-6, 5.10). Clevinger is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts since returning from right biceps inflammation.