Tigers squeak out 5-4 win over White Sox

Nate Robertson turned over a comfortable 4-run lead, and Aaron Rowand made Robertson sweat it out in the dugout as a 3-run Home Run in the 9th off Ugueth Urbina made it close. But Urbina shook off the homer and closed it out to get the win for the Tigers, and get yet another series victory over Chicago.

Nate Robertson hadn't been having a great streak of starts - but that didn't seem to affect him on Wednesday night, as Robertson, much like Jeremy Bonderman did on Monday night, came back to pitch a gem.

Robertson did allow 8 hits over his 8 innings, but he never allowed the White Sox to capitalize, allowing just 1 run over that span, also striking out 6 batters.

Then, it got interesting. Ugueth Urbina came on to close it out, but a single and a walk later, and the stage was set for Tiger killer Aaron Rowand. Rowand took Urbina deep into the left field stands, taking the game from 5-1 to 5-4 with one swing of the bat.

But Urbina buckled down, firing in fastballs to the next batter at speeds he had yet to reach this season (hitting 94 mph on the radar gun), and struck out Juan Uribe to get the save, and preserve the win for Robertson. It was Robertson's team leading 11th win of the year.

Mark Buehrle was the loser for Chicago, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. The Tigers then got another pair of runs off the Chicago bullpen to complete the scoring.

Carlos Guillen led the way on offense, going 3-for-4, including his 20th Home Run. Guillen also was safe on a pair of close plays - the first on his triple where the ball beat him to the bag, but 3B Joe Crede didn't apply the tag before Guillen's foot reached base. The second came on the very next at bat, when Guillen tried to score from 3rd on a lineout to Right Field by Ivan Rodriguez. Again, the ball beat Guillen, but C Jamie Burke dropped the ball and Guillen scored.

Marcus Thames also had a big day, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a 2-run single that got the Tigers on the board in the 4th. Carlos Pena had 2 hits, and Craig Monroe had 1, as both extended their hitting streaks to 11 games.

The White Sox got their offense from Rowand, who led the way with the 3-run Home Run. Carl Everett also added 3 hits for Chicago.

Back at 6 games under .500 again, the Tigers head back on the road. First up is a 4-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Bronson Arroyo will go up against Jason Johnson at 7:05pm.

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