CHICAGO (AP) -- Even though it was a rout, score this one a split decision.
On a fight-filled Saturday, there were 11 ejections and White Sox reliever Keith Foulke was left with a bloody cut under his left eye in Chicago's 14-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.
"Bottom line is, we won the game and we killed them," White Sox pitcher Jim Parque said. "I hope they have enough guys so we can beat them again."
Detroit pitcher Doug Brocail saw it differently.
"This was a good loss for the Detroit Tigers," he said. "Guys went to battle for each other. This is what brings teams together. We're not a split clubhouse anymore, I can tell you that."
Chris Singleton went 5-for-5 and drove in a career-high five runs as the White Sox won their fourth in a row. Detroit lost its sixth straight game.
The fights, however, were the main focus.
There was a big brawl in the seventh inning, and another bench-clearing altercation with two outs in the top of the ninth. Five players were hit by pitches.
Five Tigers were ejected: Brocail, Dean Palmer, Jeff Weaver, Rob Fick and Danny Patterson. The White Sox lost six: manager Jerry Manuel, coach Joe Nossek, Bobby Howry, Bill Simas, Tanyon Sturtze and Magglio Ordonez.
Foulke had a lot of blood under his left eye as he left the field and needed five stitches.
"The brawl was nothing fun, especially with people like the jerk behind me," said Foulke, who was attacked from behind and planned to watch the video to find the culprit. "We'll take care of (him) in our own way."
Charged Simas: "We know it was (Karim) Garcia and (Bobby) Higginson."
"It's one thing to go out there and talk or be upset," Simas said. "But there were a whole bunch of grown, angry men out there. A whole lot of bad things can happen."
Higginson did not want to comment.
"We said we need to take care of this," Foulke said. "We said it in spring training, that people are going to have to take notice of us because we're not going to back down."
Crew chief Jerry Crawford and the other umpires were busy.
"Whoever did something we felt was not normal pushing and shoving, we decided to do something," Crawford said. "(The fight) was a good one. It was what you'd expect from two competing ballclubs who were protecting their territories. You wish it doesn't happen but it does."
In the sixth, Weaver (0-2) hit Carlos Lee with a pitch. Lee barked at Weaver as he walked to first. Weaver was then pulled.
"I was just trying to get an out, something that hadn't happened that inning," Weaver said.
Then in the seventh, Parque (2-1) hit Palmer in the arm with the first pitch. Palmer immediately rushed the mound and threw his batting helmet at the pitcher, and the benches emptied.
"Yeah, it was deliberate," Palmer said. "That's the way baseball is."
"You've got a rugby scrum, then you've got the cheap shotters," he said.
Just when the fight appeared to be over, it resumed two more times and moved to shallow right field.
Crawford said Ordonez was ejected for kicking. Fick was seen taunting fans in the visitor's bullpen, and fans doused him with beer.
Parque was not tossed, Crawford said, because he stayed on the mound.
"We knew something was going to go down," Detroit's Shane Halter said, anticipating a problem in the Tigers seventh. "Baseball has been played that way forever and it will continue to be played that way long after I'm out of the game."
Sturtze was tossed when he hit Deivi Cruz in the Detroit ninth. Manuel also was ejected, though the benches stayed calm for the moment.
But later in the inning, with one out left, Howry hit Halter. Brocail led the charge from the dugout and the brawl lasted about five minutes.
"There was a lot of stuff going on," Detroit manager Phil Garner said.
Singleton hit an RBI single in the second, a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth. He added a solo homer in the eighth.
Paul Konerko added a three-run homer for the White Sox.
Parque gave up two runs and three hits, including a homer by Wendell Magee, in seven innings.
Singleton hit a bases-loaded single and Greg Norton had a sacrifice fly to put Chicago ahead 4-1.
The White Sox broke open the game with four runs in the sixth.
|Tigers bullpen coach Lance Parrish, center, restrains Chicago's Magglio Ordonez, who was later ejected for his role in the seventh-inning brawl.|
Brian Moehler, Sunday's scheduled starter, was taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for an emergency appendectomy. He will be replaced Sunday by right-hander Dave Borkowski, who was being called up from Triple-A Toledo. ... Singleton drove in four runs Tuesday against Seattle. He has 11 RBI over his last seven games. ... The White Sox are off to their best 17-game start since 1994 when they also began 11-6. ... Detroit's Tony Clark, who has hit at least 30 home runs the last three years, batted eighth for the third straight game.
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