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Crede's shot lights up night
A full house, a walk-off homer and now a first-place ballclub.
White Sox fans had a blast even before the traditional Saturday night fireworks at U.S. Cellular Field when Joe Crede cracked a full-count ninth-inning homer into the left-field stands off Detroit closer Ugueth Urbina to give the Sox a 7-6 victory and a one-half game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.
"I can't describe how good a feeling it is," Crede said after his 13th homer of the season extended the Sox's winning streak to four games. "You have to go through it to understand. The whole at-bat was based on getting the pitch I wanted. I looked for one pitch, fouled off a couple. Then I got it. It was even better because of the sellout crowd and putting us into first place."
It was the 11th time this month the Tigers have lost a game they once led.
Crede also delivered a clutch, two-run bases-loaded double in the seventh inning.
"Getting up there and getting at-bats every day, that has been the big thing," said Crede.
The Tigers had leads of 4-0 through four innings and 6-2 after six. Starter Jason Johnson had blanked the Sox on no hits before Paul Konerko homered to lead off the fifth.
"This team comes to fight," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We have to put losing [the injured Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas] behind us. I feel comfortable with my offense."
The wrong Guillen had taken charge of Saturday night's game before Crede's heroics, at least that's the way the sellout crowd of 38,055 must have viewed it.
Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen belted two home runs and a double.
Sox starter Scott Schoeneweis was ineffective, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked three batters, struck out one and yielded three home runs. Damaso Marte (4-3), in relief of Jon Adkins, was credited with the victory.
The Sox have won a season-high six straight games at home and improved to a season-best 10 games above .500 (52-42).
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Guillen doubled to left-center field and scored on Dmitri Young's soft two-out single.
Guillen struck again in the third inning, launching a two-out homer to left to make it 2-0. This time he stroked a low, inside pitch from Schoeneweis for his 14th home run of the season.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning on Brandon Inge's two-run homer. The Detroit third baseman, who sat out Friday night, was 2-for-19 before his ninth homer of the season.
Konerko, who's hitting .354 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in his last 27 games, blasted his 25th homer to lead off the fifth inning.
The Tigers got that run back in the sixth inning when Marcus Thames walloped the first pitch from Schoeneweis for a 406-foot homer to center and a 5-1 lead.
The Sox's second hit of the game also was a home run, a solo shot by Jose Valentin to make it 5-2 in the sixth. Valentin has homered in four of his last six games.
The Sox loaded the bases in the seventh on infield hits by Konerko, Timo Perez and Aaron Rowand. Crede then dumped a full-count pitch over Young at first for a two-run double. Crede is 7-for-15 (.467) over his last four games.
He recorded his fourth game-ending hit of the season.
A sacrifice fly by Willie Harris drove in Rowand to pull the Sox to within 6-5.
The Sox tied the game 6-6 in the eighth without the benefit of a hit. Carlos Lee opened the inning with a walk off reliever Esteban Yan. Lee advanced to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Konerko's sacrifice fly to center tallied Lee with the tying run.
"You get the feeling they've done this before," Detroit manager Alan Trammel said. "They got a little momentum, got the crowd into it and kept it going."