CHICAGO — Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman dropped Luis Robert‘s short fly with two outs in the eighth to end his record errorless streak at 440 games and set up two unearned Chicago runs that snapped a tie, lifting the White Sox to a 4-2 win over Detroit on Sunday.
Robert reached second when Grossman raced in and the ball bounced off his glove and fell in. The 32-year-old outfielder hadn’t made an error since June 13, 2018, while a member of the Minnesota Twins, setting a major league record for a position player.
Grossman had 821 total chances in between errors, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
“I missed a popup and it’s a terrible play on my part,” Grossman said. “It’s a play I should be able to make and I’ll make it the next time it comes to me.”
The sun was in Grossman’s eyes, but he said that wasn’t a factor.
“It’s a day game and I’m not going to make excuses,” he said.
Robbie Grossman hadn’t made an error since June 13, 2018, a streak that ended Sunday after 440 games. Grossman had 821 total chances in between errors. Matt Marton/USA TODAY Sports
After Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single that got past the reach of second baseman Jonathan Schoop to score Robert from second and put Chicago ahead 3-2. Eloy Jimenez followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Both hits were off All-Star reliever Gregory Soto and lifted Chicago to its second straight win.
“Guy has really good stuff,” said Pollock, a right-handed hitter who entered to face Soto, a lefty. “Super quick to the dish. He beat me a little bit, but the at-bat was good and I was able to sneak something through there.”
“We just needed a spark offensively,” Sheets said. “It was big to be able to do it there and have a big at-bat and kind of get the energy back up and get things going.”
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.
Michael Fulmer (2-3) took the loss.
Baez played his first seven-plus seasons with the crosstown Cubs and was booed by South Side fans before each plate appearance. The shortstop took his time leaving the batter’s box when he went deep in the first and watched his ninth homer sail into the left-field bullpen.
Chicago starter Michael Kopech settled in after Baez’s blast and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“Kopie was awesome for us,” Sheets said. “He battled and got us five or six great innings.”
Kopech has struggled since a fluid buildup in his right knee forced him to leave in the first inning against Texas on June 12. The right-hander has a 6.15 ERA since that outing.
Detroit spot starter Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, his longest outing since July 7, 2016.
Kopech’s first five pitches missed the strike zone. The right-hander’s sixth might have been high and inside, but the free-swinging Baez turned on it for a 2-0 Detroit lead.
Moncada’s RBI single in the fifth cut it to 2-1. Sheets homered to right center on Hutchison’s full-count pitch with two outs in the sixth to tie it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.