Jose Contreras' return to the major leagues proved to be more fruitful than Jeremy Bonderman's return from the disabled list as the Chicago White Sox easily defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-1, in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Contreras gave up a ground rule double to Clete Thomas in the first inning, but no other hits as he pitched eight strong innings to earn his first win of the season.
Earlier in the year, the White Sox sent Contreras and his 0-5 record to the Charlotte Knights to work on his mechanics. For Charlotte, Contreras was 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts.
Contreras obviously regained his control as the Tigers had problems just hitting it out of the infield. After the hit by Thomas, Contreras retired 11 batters in a row.
Included in those outs was a spectacular behind-the-back stab by Contreras off the bat of Ramon Santiago. After giving up a walk to Brandon Inge in the fifth inning, Contreras duplicated his previous streak by retiring 11 batters in a row again.
The only run for the Tigers was a pitch-hit home run by Marcus Thames off of Matt Thornton in the top of the ninth inning.
Jeremy Bonderman struggled during his entire outing with both velocity and location. After Scott Podsednik opened the bottom of the first with a fly out to center, Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth home run of the year off a pitch that was right down the middle.
The White Sox made the score 2-0 when Podsednik hit a home run off a hanging fastball to right field for his first dinger since May 31, 2008.
Chicago added two more runs in the third inning when Jim Thome connected on a blast over the left field wall to score himself and Jermaine Dye who had previously singled to center.
Bonderman's disappointing outing ended in the fifth as he failed to record an out on any of the three batters he faced.
In his four innings of work, Bonderman gave up eight hits and six runs. He walked three batters and was only able to strikeout Ramon Castro in the second inning.
Tonight was the first time Bonderman threw in a major league game since Jun. 1 of last year. Bonderman had surgery on his shoulder to repair a blot clot and is still attempting to regain velocity on his fastball.
Once Jim Leyland removed Bonderman, Chicago's bats cooled off. The combination of Zach Minor, Nate Roberton, and Brandon Lyon pitched four innings while allowing only two hits.
The strong performance of the bullpen only kept the score respectable as the Tigers' offense was lifeless until Contreras was removed from the game.
Detroit will try to gain an advantage in this five game series Tuesday as Dontrelle Willis takes on Mark Buehrle.
Ryan Perry was sent to the minors after the day game to make room on the roster for Bonderman.