Tigers post inspired win after Hinch delivers concession speech on ’22

Detroit — It legitimately felt, looking at the schedule back in April, that these last two series with the White Sox in September had a chance to be very meaningful. And they are.

For the White Sox, who came in three games behind Cleveland for the top spot in the Central Division.

“We should be jealous that they’re playing for something,” manager AJ Hinch said before the Tigers stopped a four-game losing streak and halted the White Sox momentum with a 3-2, 10-inning win at Comerica Park Friday.

“Our guys should feel the urgency that goes with playing meaningful September baseball. It’s a great competition regardless of what’s at stake for one team or another.

Tigers starting pitcher Drew Hutchison, left, turns the ball over to manager AJ Hinch, right, as designated hitter Eric Haase, right rear, stands on the mound.

“But as a general concept, we should be jealous.”

Maybe it was borne of some comments made by White Sox shortstop Elvis Andrus in Cleveland, when he said they’d win this series “easy.” But the Tigers played with some urgency Friday, albeit at times reckless urgency.

But after Alex Lange struck out the side and stranded the free runner at second base in the top of the 10th, Victor Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to center field off White Sox closer Liam Hendriks to plate Ryan Kreidler with the walk-off winner.

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