DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate with the tying run at second and a chance to cap a 10th-inning comeback.
The Chicago White Sox didn't dare give him the chance.
Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases and David Robertson struck out Josh Wilson to end the game, finishing an 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.
"It's always risky because you put the winning run at second, but you don't tug on Superman's cape too often," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said of the two-time AL MVP. "We're going to take our chances with the next guy."
With the score tied 5-all, Joba Chamberlain (0-2) walked Melky Cabrera with one out in the top of the 10th, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch and then allowed pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck's two-out infield single to shortstop. Sanchez tripled past Miguel Cabrera at first and all the way to the right-field wall on a 1-2 pitch, putting Chicago ahead 8-5.
Robertson gave up a two-run single to Bryan Holaday with one out in the bottom half, then retired Ian Kinsler on a fly ball. With runners at first and second, Ventura decided to give Miguel Cabrera the free pass.
"I want to win the game, so I think I take the bat away from the best hitter in the game," Robertson said.
Wilson took a ball, then swung and missed at three straight pitches, giving Robertson his 15th save in 19 chances.
"I've seen enough of Miggy to realize he's the best hitter in the game," Ventura said. "He's going to get me at some point, but he didn't get me today."
Zach Duke (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Adam Eaton homered for Chicago.
Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit two-run homers for Detroit. Martinez has five home runs and 10 RBIs in his last four games.
Ventura let Eaton know he was displeased after Eaton failed to run out an at-bat in Wednesday's loss to Minnesota. Eaton then sent Alfredo Simon's second pitch of Thursday's game into the right-field stands for his second career leadoff homer.
Sanchez began the day hitting .159 with six RBI in 37 games but then got his first big league triple and three-RBI game.
"He did his job. I didn't do mine," Chamberlain said. "The greatest thing about this is I get a chance to go out there tomorrow and do it again."
White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon allowed four run, eight hits and three walks in five innings, and struck out seven.
Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon struck out two batters in an eight-pitch seventh, his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2013. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in March 2014 and made 13 appearances during a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment that started May 21.
"He did a nice job," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He got the two big outs."
Rondon was activated from the 15-day disabled list. To clear a roster spot, Detroit optioned right-hander Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.
Ventura benched shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Thursday after a 9-for-57 (.158) slump over 15 games. Ramirez pinch hit in the eighth and had an RBI double off Blaine Hardy. He was stranded when Tyler Flowers flied out. Joquin Soria struck him out in the 10th.
Tigers: C Alex Avila, on the disabled list since May 8 with a loose body in his left knee, is to begin a rehab assignment with Toledo on Friday. Manager Brad Ausmus said Avila will alternate catching the first six days with the Mudhens. He will be evaluated after next Friday's game.
Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-7) looks for his fourth straight win against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana (3-7).