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Crede drives in two in seventh, homers in ninth

CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox let the rest
of the American League know they are still in the playoff picture --
even without Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas.

Crede hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and a
game-ending home run in the ninth to rally the White Sox over the
Detroit Tigers 7-6 Saturday night.

The White Sox, already without Thomas, learned Friday that
four-time All-Star Ordonez could miss the rest of the season
because of an injured knee.

"The game tonight was big, it lets everybody know that we can
come back," Crede said. "With our big bats out of the lineup
right now, it gives us the confidence in the fact that we can come
back from a deficit like that."

Chicago won its fourth straight overall, its sixth straight at
home and moved ahead of Minnesota into the AL Central lead. The
White Sox trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning and 6-2 in the seventh
before coming back to send the Tigers to their sixth loss in eight
games.

"It's just disappointing. You hope that when you have a lead
like that you can hold onto it, but with this club, you've got to
give them credit because they've done it more than once or twice,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Chicago has 29 comeback victories this season and are 10 games
over .500, which is a season high.

The White Sox scored three times in the seventh on Crede's
opposite-field double off Jason Johnson and Willie Harris'
sacrifice fly.

Carlos Lee walked against Esteban Yan leading off the eighth,
took second on Carl Everett's grounder, advanced on a wild pitch,
then tied it on Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly.

"They've done this before. They get a little momentum going,
they get the crowd into it. We just couldn't stop them," Trammell
said.

Crede homered with one out in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch from
Ugueth Urbina (3-5), the fourth game-ending homer of Crede's
career.

"You can't really describe how good it feels. I don't think
there is a word that can describe it," Crede said. "The whole
battle was getting a pitch that I wanted.

"I was looking for one pitch and fortunately I was able to get
it."

Konerko and Jose Valentin also homered for Chicago, which has
won eight in a row against division rivals. Damaso Marte (4-4)
pitched the ninth for the win.

Carlos Guillen homered twice for Detroit, and Brandon Inge and
Marcus Thames also homered.

Chicago starter Scott Schoeneweis gave up five runs and eight
hits -- including three homers -- in six innings. Johnson allowed
five runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Dmitri Young hit an RBI single in the first, and Guillen homered
in the third to make it 2-0. Inge hit a two-run homer in the
fourth, but Konerko's homer in the fifth cut the lead to 4-1.

Thames and Valentin exchanged solo homers in the sixth, and
Guillen homered again in the seventh. It was his second multihomer
game -- he also did it May 31 against Kansas City.

Game notes
The White Sox had their sixth home sellout of the season.
... The White Sox are 20-8 against AL Central opponents. ...
Guillen was the first player to homer from both sides of the plate
against the White Sox since Mark Bellhorn did it on June 30, 2002.
... Inge is hitting .369 (31-for-84) on the road this season,
compared to .229 (25-for-109) at home.