Mon­ster day for White Sox


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DETROIT — In the mid­dle of the best game of his young ca­reer, Chicago White Sox rookie Yoan Mon­cada still got a short lec­ture from his man­ager.

With two outs in the sixth and the White Sox hold­ing a com­fort­able seven-run lead over Detroit, the sec­ond base­man didn’t get to a grounder by JaCoby Jones, keep­ing the in­ning alive Thurs­day. Jose Igle­sias fol­lowed with an RBI dou­ble.

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria im­me­di­ately made sure Mon­cada knew he had made a mis­take.

“I told him that he had been too lack­adaisi­cal on that ball,” Ren­te­ria said. “He al­ready knew — he was dis­gusted with him­self about it.”

That was about the only thing the 22-yearold did wrong on an af­ter­noon when the White Sox got 25 hits and routed the Tigers 17-7. Com­ing into the game hit­ting .207, Mon­cada got four hits, in­clud­ing a homer, walked twice and scored five runs.

“I knew the re­sults would val­i­date my ap­proach,” Mon­cada said through a trans­la­tor. “I just needed to keep do­ing what I was do­ing, and to­day proved I was right.”

Mon­cada is 10 for 19 in his last four games af­ter switch­ing to us­ing Jose Abreu’s bats.

“He saw I was hav­ing trou­ble and sug­gested I use his bats, which are a lit­tle smaller,” he said. “My swing feels more fluid and I feel stronger.”

He had a chance to be­come the first White Sox player to reach base seven times in a nine-in­ning game, but struck out in the ninth.

Avi­sail Gar­cia also home­red as part of a big game, set­ting ca­reer highs with five hits and seven RBIs in the ball­park where he started his ca­reer.

“It was a great day, and it is spe­cial to do it here,” he said. “I still have so many friends in Detroit.”

The White Sox posted their high­est hit to­tal since get­ting 26 against Bal­ti­more in 1981. The mod­ern ma­jor league record for hits in a nine-in­ning game is 31, by Mil­wau­kee in 1992 and the New York Gi­ants in 1901.

Miguel Cabr­era, Ian Kinsler, Ni­cholas Castel­lanos and Jeimer Can­der­lario home­red for Detroit. The Tigers got six ex­tra-base hits to Chicago’s four, but lost their sixth in a row.

“There was a lot of of­fence in that game, that’s for sure,” Tigers man­ager Brad Aus­mus said. “Un­for­tu­nately, most of it be­longed to the White Sox.”

The Tigers have given up 10 or more runs five times in Septem­ber and have been outscored 48-16 in their cur­rent los­ing streak.

“This is a great baseball town — maybe the best I’ve ever been in — but they want win­ners,” Aus­mus said. “It’s just not as much fun to come and watch a team lose, so they don’t.”

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Toronto Blue Jays starter Brett An­der­son de­liv­ers a pitch against the Min­nesota Twins dur­ing the first in­ning at Tar­get Field in Min­neapo­lis, Minn., on Thurs­day night.

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