DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox weren't about to let their Sunday lead get away.
On Saturday, Chicago took a 6-0 lead over Detroit into the ninth inning, but gave up six runs and lost 7-6 in 12 innings.
The White Sox brought a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth Sunday and when Brayan Pena lined a pinch-hit double to center leading off and Omar Infante followed with a single, thoughts of 'Here we go again' rippled through both dugouts.
Matt Lindstrom limited the damage to one run, however, and Chicago went home with a 6-3 victory that stalled Detroit's drive to the American League Central Division title.
The Tigers' magic number for clinching the crown remained at two, with six games to play at Minnesota and Miami.
"I was thinking about it after that double and single to lead off the ninth," manager Robin Ventura of Chicago said. "But I relaxed after we got that first out."
"After that double and single everybody was looking at each other and thinking, 'Can we do it again?'" said Torii Hunter, whose sacrifice fly in the ninth Saturday tied the score. "The whole atmosphere started looking up. But Lindstrom kind of shut that door."
Rookie Erik Johnson dodged serious trouble while allowing nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs but didn't walk anybody.
The White Sox hitting hero was former Tiger Avisail Garcia. The rooke right fielder hit cleanup, collected three singles and drove in two runs.
"He's good," Tigers third baseman Don Kelly said. "The way he can hit ... They (the Detroit front office) wouldn't have made that move if they hadn't gotten a premium shortstop in return. But he (Garcia) is going to be that type of player in the outfield for them."
Garcia was part of a three-way trade deadline deal that brought Detroit shortstop whiz Jose Iglesias.
"The rooks played well," Ventura said. "It starts with Erik. That's a tough lineup to go against. He stayed out of trouble, was down in the strike zone and we hit a couple with guys on.
"I think Avi was up, especially playing against his old team. There was a little extra adrenalin going, I'd guess."
Lefty Donnie Veal got the final out of the seventh after Austin Jackson's sacrifice fly made it 6-3. He then worked a scoreless eighth and was relieved by Lindstrom after giving up Pena's double.
Infante welcomed Lindstrom with a single to center, Ramon Santiago forced Infante to drive in Pena but Lindstrom retired the next two to finish the game.
Chicago took the lead in the fifth with three runs off AL ERA leader Anibal Sanchez (14-8).
Marcus Semien singled and stole second, Alejandro De Aza walked and one out later Gillaspie boomed a triple over Jackson's head in center to make it 3-1. Gillaspie scored on a bloop single to extreme left by Garcia.
Prince Fielder had tied it 1-1 in the fourth with a first-pitch home run to deep right, his 25th of the season, after Garcia's RBI single in the first had staked Johnson to a 1-0 lead.
Detroit has six chances to get the two wins it needs to qualify for the post-season. But the celebration will have to be on the road for the third straight season.
"We would have liked to have clinched it at home," Kelly said. "That makes it more special. But we just want to get it done."
"We've got to take care of business," Hunter said. "Hopefully Cleveland will help us out by losing. But we've got to get it done ourselves."
NOTES: DH Adam Dunn was out of Chicago's starting lineup for the second straight day. "He's looked a little tired," Ventura said. ... Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera aggravated his left groin strain Saturday night so manager Jim Leyland held him out of the starting lineup. ... IF Marcus Semien shows a nice compact swing plus an ability to make contact and Saturday he got his first look at shortstop, with Ventura saying "he did enough that you're confident he could fill in there." ... SS Jose Iglesias is making slow progress recovering from being hit in the left hand by a pitch Thursday, but missed the entire White Sox series and is doubtful for at least Monday in Minnesota.