- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DETROIT (AP) - Armando Galarraga threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings and Placido Polanco drove in three runs Wednesday, leading the Detroit Tigers past the White Sox 9-0 to end Chicago’s three-game winning streak.

Galarraga (2-0) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. He left to a standing ovation after walking Paul Konerko with one out in the seventh. Jose Contreras (0-2) yielded five runs _ three earned _ on five hits in 5 2-3 innings

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Josh Anderson and Ramon Santiago walked, and after Curtis Granderson hit into a force at second, Polanco sent a shot over Brian Anderson’s head in center for a two-run double.

The Tigers made it 5-0 in the sixth on Miguel Cabrera’s leadoff homer and two-run single by Santiago. Cabrera provided the sixth run with an RBI single in the seventh, and the Tigers made it 9-0 with three more runs in the eighth.

Both teams had early scoring chances. Josh Fields tripled with one out in the first, but Galarraga struck out Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome. Detroit had runners on second and third with no one out in the third, but Santiago struck out, Granderson popped out and Polanco grounded out.

Galarraga escaped trouble again in the fifth, getting out of the inning after the White Sox put runners on second and third with one out.

Notes:@ The Tigers paid tribute to Mark Fidrych, who died Monday, with a moment of silence and a special video before the game. … Tigers rookie Ryan Perry was wild after entering the game in the eighth inning, causing Alexei Ramirez, Brent Lillibridge and Fields to duck pitches near their heads. Fields took a step toward the mound after avoiding the first of Perry’s two wild pitches, but order was quickly restored. In the bottom of the inning, Mike MacDougal hit the backstop with a fastball.

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