Detroit Tigers end rebuilding season by winning at playoff-bound Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers second baseman Harold Castro, left, and center fielder Daz Cameron react in the rain at the end of a game against the White Sox on Sunday in Chicago. (AP photo)


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Daz Cameron homered leading off the ninth to spark a three-run inning, and the Detroit Tigers closed their fifth straight losing season with a 5-2 win over the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Detroit finished third at 77-85, 16 games behind the White Sox (93-69), whose six-game winning streak was ended.

After winning the division for the first time since 2008, the White Sox open the Division Series on Thursday at AL West champion Houston.

With the scored tied in the ninth, Cameron drove a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez (4-4) over the right-field fence for his fourth homer of the season and a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Dustin Garneau had an RBI double and Akil Baddoo caped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Joe Jimenez (6-1) worked a scoreless eighth and Michael Fulmer got three outs for his 14th save in 18 chances.

Chicago’s José Abreu entered the game four RBIs behind the major-league lead, but was given the day off. Manager Tony

La Russa said Abreu has been battling an illness and it didn’t make sense to push him. Abreu finished with 30 homers, 117 RBIs and a .261 batting average.