The Detroit Tigers bum fails late in the 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox


The Detroit Tigers bum fails late in the 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO — Javier Báez stood in the batter’s box and watched the ball go over the wall in left midfield.

On the second pitch of his at-bat, Báez unloaded a fastball from Chicago White Sox starter Michael Kopech. He celebrated his home run by throwing his bat and interacting with fans who booed him. More importantly, he put the Detroit Tigers on the scoreboard in the first inning.

The Tigers failed to score again.

The teams split the four-game streak, with the Tigers losing 4-2 in Sunday’s finals at guaranteed rate field due to a costly error in the eighth inning by left fielder Robbie Grossman.

“We missed some chances offensively,” said manager AJ Hinch, “and then gave them an extra out at a really bad time of the game where they’re in the middle of their turn. …credit to them, of course, but we opened the door for them and made some mistakes.”

The Tigers (36-49) extended their winning streak to six with wins on Thursday and Friday, but have since lost two straight games with eight contests remaining until the All-Star break.

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With two outs in the eighth, Luis Robert hit a weak flyball into the flat left center of right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer. Grossman tracked him down, reached across his body and turned his wrist skyward to catch the ball, but the ball bounced off his glove and landed in the grass.

Just like that, the White Sox had a runner in second place.

“It was a pop-up and I missed it,” Grossman said. “That’s what it boils down to. This is a terrible game. It’s a game to be made and I’ll make it next time it comes my way.”

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