Mark Kotsay’s ears must have been burning before yesterday’s game.
Kotsay hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then lined a two-run triple in the 11th that sent the Chicago White Sox past the Tigers, 6-4, in Detroit.
In his pregame comments, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen talked about how the team needed more from Kotsay and Andruw Jones, who have both struggled this season.
“Those two guys got to start being better,’’ Guillen said while discussing Chicago’s chances of acquiring another hitter. “If those two guys produce the way we think the can produce, we don’t need another hitter.’’
Kotsay is hitting .223 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs. Jones, who singled ahead of Kotsay’s triple, is at .204 with 15 home runs and 36 RBIs.
“It happened today so I feel good,’’ Kotsay said. “The day felt great because there were actually some results in the at-bats.’’
“I think Kotsay, for most of the year, hit the ball real well but didn’t have much to show for it,’’ Guillen said. “Today, he came through. We needed that.’’
Detroit’s Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bobby Jenks that made it 4-all.
Although he has blown only three of 26 saves, Jenks has struggled since the All-Star break.
“I keep saying Bobby will be the closer and our bullpen is great,’’ Guillen said. “But we’ll see over the next couple of days.’’
Twins 8, Rays 6 — Jason Kubel’s two-out popup hit a catwalk high above Tropicana Field and fell near the pitcher’s mound for a go-ahead single in the ninth inning, a true dome run that sent Minnesota past Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
After the Rays scored six times in the eighth, capped by pinch hitter Jason Bartlett’s grand slam that made it 6-all, the Twins rallied in most unusual fashion.
Minnesota put runners at the corners and Kubel lofted his pop. Tampa Bay second baseman Reid Brignac got in position to catch the ball on the back of the infield dirt, but it struck the highest metal catwalk — about 190 feet over the field — and changed direction.
No Rays fielder could recover in time to catch the ball before it landed 15 feet behind the mound.
Orioles 5, Angels 4 — Cesar Izturis singled in the winning run in the ninth inning, and host Baltimore remained unbeaten under new manager Buck Showalter, taking a three-game series from Los Angeles.
Since Showalter made his debut Tuesday, Baltimore has won three in a row and scored 20 runs. Before his arrival, the Orioles had lost 14 of 17 and were averaging 2.77 runs per game — second-lowest in the AL.
Pirates 5, Rockies 1 — James McDonald pitched six shutout innings in his Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates sent Colorado to its seventh consecutive road loss.
Five days after being acquired from the Dodgers along with a minor leaguer for closer Octavio Dotel, McDonald had eight strikeouts. McDonald struck out the side in the first and got six of the first seven Colorado batters on swinging strikeouts.
Phillies 5, Marlins 4 — Carlos Ruiz homered leading off the 10th inning, and Philadelphia benefited from a bad call to complete a three-game series sweep of Florida in Miami.
A ruling by third base umpire Bob Davidson cost the Marlins a victory in the ninth. Gaby Sanchez pulled a grounder over third base for a hit that would have scored Hanley Ramirez from second base, but Davidson ruled the ball foul. Replays showed ball landed inside the line behind the base.
Diamondbacks 8, Nationals 4 — Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoche had three hits each, and Barry Enright overcame two of Washington’s four solo homers in six solid innings for host Arizona.
The Diamondbacks struck out 12 times to eclipse 1,000 for the season.
Padres 5, Dodgers 0 — Kevin Correia and four relievers combined on San Diego’s victory in Los Angeles as the NL West leaders salvaged a split of the four-game series.
Correia (8-7) allowed four hits over 5 2/3 innings and did not strike out a batter.
Braves 3, Giants 2 — Eric Hinske snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a tiebreaking, sixth-inning home run off Tim Lincecum to help host Atlanta past San Francisco.
Rangers 6, Mariners 0 — David Murphy hit his second go-ahead home run in two nights, this one to break through against Felix Hernandez as visiting Texas cruised over Seattle.