CHICAGO — A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball and bled profusely before walking to the first aid station Tuesday night, briefly delaying the Detroit Tigers’ 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The middle-aged male fan was sitting in the first row on the first base side of Guaranteed Rate Field — well beyond where the netting extends to end of the dugout — when he was struck by Jeimer Candelario’s foul leading off the Tigers ninth. The game was held up for a couple minutes while he was treated, and the man eventually walked away under his own power, escorted by stadium personnel.
Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and rookie Grayson Greiner drove in three runs as Francisco Liriano won for the first time in over four months.
Greiner had a two-run double during a five-run second inning. Dawel Lugo also had a two-run double during the burst.
After being staked to an early lead, Liriano (4-9) allowed two earned runs in five innings to earn his first victory since April 28. The 34-year-old left-hander ended his 0-8 drought that covered 16 starts and one relief appearance. During his slide, Liriano had a 5.56 ERA.
Sandy Baez, Joe Jimenez and Alex Wilson followed Liriano with four scoreless innings of relief.
Yoan Moncada and Ryan Cordell drove in runs for the White Sox.
Lucas Giolito (10-10) entered with a 3-0 record and 2.84 ERA in his previous four outings, but this time lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was charged with four earned on four hits and two walks.
Greiner’s double to the right-center warning track with the bases loaded and none out drove in Detroit’s first two runs. Lugo’s double to the left-center gap made it 4-0 and he advanced to third when center fielder Adam Engel didn’t field the ball cleanly.
Lugo scored when the White Sox couldn’t complete a double play on Jim Adduci’s grounder.
Greiner drove in another unearned run with a single in the third to make it 6-0 after catcher Kevan Smith dropped his pop-up behind the plate.
Mahtook hit his sixth homer in the eighth off Ryan Burr to make it 8-3.
Tigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said RH starter Michael Fulmer, who suffered a right shin contusion on Monday when he was hit by Daniel Palka’s hard comebacker, shouldn’t miss a turn in the rotation. Fulmer left the game in the sixth inning after being struck, but played catch on Tuesday as usual and said he felt fine.
White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre started in left after exiting Sunday’s game with right hip soreness.
Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.22) faces White Sox rookie RHP Michael Kopech (1-0, 0.82) in the series finale on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old Kopech, Chicago’s top pitching prospect, will make his fourth start since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 21.