CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Crede's back has been bothering him all
month. It didn't stop him from carrying the Chicago White Sox to
another comeback victory.
Crede's three-run homer highlighted Chicago's five-run seventh
inning and the White Sox went on to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit
Tigers on Monday night.Crede's 423-foot blast to left field was one of three the White
Sox hit in their big inning that started with them trailing 4-1.
Chicago has won five straight games since dropping three in a row
heading into the All-Star break. It was the team's 27th comeback
win."It's not like we're sitting on the bench saying, 'Let's win
this game with eight home runs,' " said Paul Konerko, who homered
to lead off the seventh. "I just think it gets late, we're down by
a few, and it doesn't seem like it's going our way. Everybody just
takes pride in their own at-bats and you get something going."Crede has been bothered by two herniated discs in his lower
back, missing a handful of games before the break, but he continues
to be a dangerous late-game hitter."I don't know whether it's just that the concentration level
kind of goes up a little bit," said Crede, who also made several
nice defensive plays. "I want to be the guy to get up there in
that situation.""This kid's a gamer," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
"Only he knows how bad his back is. He told me as long as he can
take the pain and go to the field, he will."Konerko hit reliever Chris Spurling's first pitch of the seventh
into the left field seats for his 21st homer. One out later,
Jermaine Dye doubled and A.J. Pierzynski singled, setting up
Crede's 13th homer. Crede struck out in the fifth inning with those
two on."We've talked about Joe a few times," Tigers manager Alan
Trammell said. "He's been a Tiger killer."Juan Uribe then broke an 0-for-23 slump with another homer to
left to end Spurling's night."The only thing I was trying to do right there is get a
flyball; first and third with one out, that's all I'm really
looking for," Crede said. "He hung a slider right there. I saw it
and [thought] there's my flyball if I put enough wood to get it out
there. I got more than what I bargained for."Spurling (2-1) gave up five runs and five hits in just 1/3 of an
inning. He had given up just one home run in 30 innings before
Monday, coming in with a 2.10 ERA. His performance ruined a strong
start by Sean Douglass, who gave up one run and three hits in six
innings, striking out six."Sean did an outstanding job," Trammell said. "He got out of
a couple jams."Frank Thomas added a solo homer in the eighth, his 12th.Luis Vizcaino (4-3) got the win, pitching two perfect innings of
relief. Cliff Politte allowed Ivan Rodriguez's eighth homer in the
ninth but still earned his first save of the season. Closer Dustin
Hermanson is nursing a sore back."Hermie is not feeling well, his back is not feeling well,"
Guillen said. "If he's not ready [this week], someone else will be
ready. I cannot wait that long."Brandon Inge led off the game with a home run and the Tigers
added three runs in the fifth in Chicago right-hander Orlando
Hernandez's return from his second stint on the disabled list with
an inflamed pitching shoulder.Hernandez's first pitch since June 14 landed 371 feet away, with
Inge sending his eighth homer to left-center field.El Duque looked rusty at times, but pitched better than
expected, giving up four runs and six hits. He threw 96 pitches in
six innings."Duque was great," Guillen said. "Wow. He threw better than
we thought. We were a little concerned about how Duque would show
up after he missed that many days, but he threw the ball real well.
His velocity was pretty good. He left a couple pitches up but I
expected that."The Tigers took the 4-1 lead on RBI by Chris Shelton, Nook
Logan and Inge.Detroit's Magglio Ordonez got a mixed reception from the sellout
crowd, with cheers drowning out boos in his first at-bat at U.S.
Cellular Field after playing in Chicago for parts of eight seasons.
The boos gained ground as Ordonez singled twice and walked,
extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Chicago's Scott Podsednik has a 10-game hitting streak and
is batting .299. ... The White Sox had their eighth sellout of the
season, with an announced attendance of 37,556. ... Chicago is 31-5
against the AL Central and 8-1 against the Tigers. The White Sox
have won 11 straight games in the division. ... Shelton has a
10-game hitting streak. ... Inge has four leadoff homers this
season. ... Thomas tied Joe DiMaggio for 73rd all-time with 3,948