DETROIT –Dylan Cease went undefeated in 10 career starts against Detroit and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer that led the Chicago White Sox over the Tigers 5-2 on Saturday.
Cease (1-0) allowed one run and two hits over five innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. He is 9-0 against the Tigers.
“I don’t want to jinx it, but the results have been good so far,” Cease said of his success against Detroit.
Cease went 6-1 in his last 11 starts last season, and manager Tony La Russa sees a carry.
“He was outstanding,” La Russa said. “They have a nice club there and he was just solid, in control of all his shots. When he got a little out of sync, he got back on it. That’s what he started doing mid-season. He learns quickly.
Cease’s take on his first start this season was a bit different. He leaned on his cursor more than usual.
“I feel like a bit of a one-trick pony with the slider,” he said. “It was the pitch I had the best feeling for. Sometimes you have those games where you just have to compete with what you have.
Aaron Bummer gave up singles to Miguel Cabrera and Jonathan Schoop starting in the ninth, then pulled out Eric Haase, Spencer Torkelson and slugger Dustin Garneau for his first save.
Chicago’s AJ Pollock left with a strained right hamstring after he singled to the top of the third and took a wide turn early. Pollock has been off to a 4-for-7 start since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 1 for closest Craig Kimbrel.
Eloy Jiménez hit a two-run single with two outs in the first. José Abreu had two hits and scored twice for the White Sox, who rebounded from a 5-3 opening day loss.
Detroit’s Casey Mize (0-1) allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings.
Grandal homered on a 1-1 fastball in the sixth, pushing the ball over the right field wall for a 4-0 lead.
Tigers manager AJ Hinch didn’t question himself for allowing Mize to start in the sixth.
“I think he deserved it,” he said. “He was about 70 pitches away and other than the first inning, he had been able to navigate quite efficiently. We need our starters to go through a lot of innings.”
Cease was replaced by Reynaldo López after granting Austin Meadows’ first single in sixth. Jeimer Candelario scored an RBI double.
.Javier Báez was ejected while attempting to score from third base when a pitch ricocheted off Grandal’s glove and the catcher threw to López covering home plate.
“They’re working on that in spring training,” La Russa said. “It’s a key game in the inning. It helped us a lot. »
Schoop chased Candelario out of third with a grounder that shortstop Leury García missed for an error.
Andrew Vaughn added an RBI single in the seventh.
“We just didn’t do enough to win this game and they did,” Hinch said. “It had nothing to do with Casey. It just had to do with how the game went.”
Chicago’s Tim Anderson served Game 2 of his two-game suspension for making contact with referee Tim Timmons in the ninth inning of a game on Sept. 27. Anderson is expected to reclaim his No. 1 spot on Sunday.
White Sox SP Lucas Giolito will be placed on the 10-day injured list with low abdominal strain. Giolito was injured in the fourth inning of the team’s opener on Friday. “Optimally, maybe a few starts,” manager Tony La Russa said of the pitcher’s layoff.
White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (4-3, 3.50 ERA in 2021) will start the three-game series final. Kopech, who started in four of his 44 appearances last season, pitched just four spring training runs.
Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.34 ERA in 2021) will make his season debut. Skubal won two of his three starts against the White Sox last season, striking out 23 in 16 innings.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.