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Apr 17, 6:29 PM EDT

Ventura waits too long to call for replay, White Sox lose

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DETROIT (AP) -- Robin Ventura waited too long, and the manager's indecision may have cost the Chicago White Sox.

Nick Castellanos slid into second base after a leadoff hit in the ninth inning Friday, with umpire Brian O'Nora ruling he beat the tag of shortstop Alexei Ramirez. By the time Ventura decided he wanted to challenge the call, it was too late.

Jose Iglesias singled in the winning run two batters later, giving the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win.

"The video shows what happened," Ramirez said. "It was clear. I'm 100 percent sure I tagged him."

But there was no video review.

With the score tied at 1, Castellanos hit a sinking liner against Zach Duke (1-1), a drive that trickled off the web of the glove of Melky Cabrera, who was trying for a catch on the run.

Castellanos went for second and Cabrera made a one-hop throw. Replays appeared to show Ramirez tagging him on the toe.

Ramirez immediately signaled to the Chicago dugout, and Ventura came out onto the field in front of his bench and discussed the play with the umpires.

"Brian said he missed him - I could have challenged, but when the guy says he missed him ..." Ventura said. "I wish I could have watched the play."

After hearing from the team's replay staff, Ventura went to talk with plate umpire Mark Ripperger and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, but the umpires ruled that the play was over because the Tigers had inserted Andrew Romine to pinch run for Castellanos.

"It was a bang-bang play, and I couldn't really feel if he touched me or not," Castellanos said. "A lot of umpires, if the ball beats you there, they take it for granted and call you out. I was happy that didn't happen."

Alex Avila sacrificed Romine to third, and Iglesias fouled off two 0-2 pitches before singling to right-center past the drawn-in infield, just past second baseman Emilio Bonifacio's dive.

"When you are in that situation, you can't try to do too much," Iglesias said. "You just have to see the ball, make sure you can make contact and see what happens."

A second-inning home run by former Tiger Avisail Garcia put Chicago ahead. Yoenis Cespedes homered in the fourth, a drive that cleared the first section of seats in left.

David Price pitched four-hit ball over eight innings with nine strikeouts and two walks, and Joakim Soria (1-0) threw a perfect ninth. The Tigers are now off to their third 9-1 start since World War I, following 1968 and 1984 - the last two times they won the World Series.

"It doesn't mean much, but it is obviously nice to be winning on a daily basis," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija gave up one run and eight hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none.

"When you are facing their ace, you know you've got to be ready," Samardzjia said. "I knew I had to pound the strike zone, but the home run to Cespedes was basically the game. I wish I had that one back."

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Jake Petricka, who has not pitched this season due to a forearm strain, began a rehab stint Thursday night with Triple-A Charlotte. Petricka pitched a perfect inning of relief and is scheduled to pitch again on Saturday.

Tigers: Victor Martinez was rested on Friday due to soreness. Martinez, limited to pinch hitting against Pittsburgh, looked noticeably uncomfortable during an at-bat on Tuesday, and Ausmus decided to give him one more day off. He is expected to play Saturday. ... Justin Verlander (triceps strain) will not come off the disabled list in time to make Tuesday's start against the Yankees. Kyle Lobstein will remain in the rotation.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Chris Sale (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will pitch against Detroit on Saturday. Sale has a 2.84 ERA, against the Tigers with 106 strikeouts in 92 innings and a .220 batting average but is just 5-5.

Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 3.46 ERA) starts for the Tigers. He is 2-4 against the White Sox with a 3.72 ERA in six starts.

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