Skid stops at 5 with 4-2 victory over ChiSox

The Tigers have been struggling for much of September, but one team they certainly aren't struggling against is the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers got a solid start from Gary Knotts, and this time around both the bullpen and offense held up their end, to help give the Tigers a win in the series opener.

Gary Knotts has had an interesting season. He started in the bullpen, then was elevated to the rotation due to injuries, and performed well for a time. Then he struggled, and was subsequently placed on the DL. When he returned, his place in the rotation was taken by Wilfredo Ledezma. But with Ledezma reaching his innings limit, Knotts was once again inserted into the rotation, and again, appears to be making the most of it.

On Monday night, Knotts held the White Sox in check, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings. And unlike some of the games over the past week, the bullpen shut out the White Sox over the final 2 1/3 innings to secure the win. Knotts got the win, his 6th of the year. Esteban Yan, who had struggled in closing out games as of late, got the final 2 outs for his 6th save.

On the other side, Jason Grilli pitched a complete game, but still took the loss. Grilli gave up 4 runs, but just 3 hits, while completing the 8 innings with 103 pitches.

Dmitri Young was one of the Tigers that got the best of Grilli - as he blasted a 2-run Home Run off Grilli in the 6th which proved to provide the game winning runs. Craig Monroe had an RBI triple, and Jason Smith drove in the final run on an RBI groundout.

For the White Sox, they didn't have much going either. Ross Gload went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Joe Crede also hit his 20th Home Run, a solo shot in the 4th inning.

The Tigers, now at 69-86, face Chicago again on Tuesday, with Nate Robertson facing Jose Contreras at 7:05pm.

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