CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called his team's
performance "ugly," though it was still good enough to put
Chicago back in first in the AL wild-card race.
Crede also drove in two runs to help the White Sox move one-half
game ahead of Minnesota in the AL wild-card race. The Twins lost
2-0 to Kansas City.
Guillen watched his bullpen nearly squander a six-run lead in
the eighth inning.
"Our main thing, the biggest goal we have is our pitching
staff. Obviously, they just don't do what they are supposed to do.
This was a win, this was an ugly win," Guillen said. "As a
manager and a coach, you start second guessing yourself about what
I should do or what we're doing wrong."
Guillen also found himself in another feud.
Delmon Young went 2-for-3 in his major league debut for Tampa
Bay, two months after serving a 50-game suspension in the minors
for throwing his bat at an umpire. He got hit on his right shoulder
during his first at-bat and hit a two-run homer during his third
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was upset with Guillen and White
Sox starter Freddy Garcia for hitting Young.
"Now in the future we will handle our own problems and we don't
want anybody else to think they need to discipline us. For me, I
want the word out that's the last that time it should happen. It's
over for him," said Maddon. "It's obvious what they (White Sox)
did. Nobody else needs to discipline us, we'll take care of that
Garcia denied Tampa Bay's allegations.
"I don't know why, I don't know that kid and I don't really pay
attention to all that stuff. I tried to pitch inside and I hit him,
it's no big deal for me," Garcia said. "I tried to pitch inside,
I was all over the plate anyway, I don't think I had great command
The Devil Rays started yelling at Garcia for hitting Young,
which surprised the rookie, considering he had blasted the
"I said some stupid things in the paper," said Young, who
criticized the Tampa Bay organization for not promoting him to the
majors sooner. "I wouldn't have expected the guys to be behind me
Tampa Bay retaliated by hitting A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth
Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer off White Sox reliever Neal
Cotts in the eighth for the Devil Rays, who have lost five straight
Garcia (13-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings,
winning back-to-back starts for the first time since June when he
won three straight and moved the defending world champs within five
games of AL Central leader Detroit. He struck out a season
high-tying six and walked two.
Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 39
"Yeah, we should have done some things a little bit different,
but it's not going to be easy so we will take this one," said Dye.
"Right now, stats and everything should be thrown out the window
and everybody's focus should be winning the ballgame no matter how
we do it."
Tampa Bay starter Casey Fossum (6-6) allowed back-to-back walks
to start the first inning. Dye followed with an opposite-field
homer to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Young looked like he had a
shot at catching Dye's homer, but appeared to lose track of where
he was and didn't jump for the ball, which hit off the top of the
fence and bounced over for Dye's 39th of the season.
In the second inning, Fossum walked three consecutive batters
after getting one out. Dye drove in a run on a fielder's choice and
Paul Konerko chased Fossum with an RBI single. After Chad Orvella
came on, Crede and Pierzynski greeted him with consecutive RBI
singles to put the White Sox up 7-0.
Fossum failed to make it out of the second inning for the third
time in seven starts. He allowed seven runs and three hits with
five walks in 1 2-3 innings.
Kevin Witt singled in the sixth inning and Young followed with
his first major league hit and homer off Garcia to cut the White
Sox lead to 7-5.
Crede had an RBI double off Tampa Bay reliever Shawn Camp in the
sixth inning. In the seventh, Tampa Bay reliever Ruddy Lugo allowed
back-to-back RBI singles to Brian Anderson and Scott Podsednik.
Anderson later scored on B.J. Upton's throwing error, putting the
White Sox up 11-5.
The Devil Rays scored four runs in the eighth on Cantu's two-run
homer, Rocco Baldelli's RBI double and Upton's run-scoring
Ross Gload had an RBI double in the ninth for Chicago's final
The constant drizzle kept White Sox DH Jim Thome out of the
game with a strained left hamstring. It was the fourth straight
game that he missed. Thome should be back in the lineup Wednesday
if the weather conditions improve.