After hitting one of the most dramatic game-winning home runs of the season, Jermaine Dye summed up the White Sox's latest conquest Friday night.
"I think we stole one," Dye said after his two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Sox a resilient 6-5 victory at Detroit.
The Sox overcame a series of hurdles that could stand larger in the upcoming days, but they were delighted to clear their latest barrier.
Carlos Quentin's single that barely eluded second baseman Placido Polanco set up Dye's opposite-field home run off closer Todd Jones and set off a wild dugout celebration.
"[Jones'] pitch is a cut fastball mainly away. I was ready to hit and came up with a pretty good hit," said Dye, who was 4-for-18 lifetime against Jones before the homer.
The Sox (58-43) expanded their lead in the American League Central to 31/2 games over Minnesota and 61/2 over Detroit.
Dye's homer overshadowed some shortcomings. The Sox committed two errors that led to two runs, including one by Josh Fields, who was playing in place of the injured Joe Crede at third base.
They also won without relievers Matt Thornton (back) and Scott Linebrink, who will undergo an MRI on Saturday on the back of his right shoulder.
"I still have some stiffness in there," Linebrink said. "We're doing as much as we can as far as treatment. I'm working my tail off to get to back to where we need it to be. But at this time, we're just being patient."
Guillen wasn't sure if Linebrink, who has pitched only once since July 8, will be placed on the disabled list. If so, D.J. Carrasco, who got the victory, would become the seventh-inning reliever and Octavio Dotel would take over Linebrink's set-up duties.
"I have 20,000 smart [people] in Chicago second-guessing me without knowing what's going on," Guillen said.
Guillen was just as blunt in his assessment of the Sox's play in the first six innings.
"In the beginning of the game, I had the feeling we still had the day off," Guillen said. "We couldn't get anything going."
Even Dye admitted it was a "weird game" because of some sloppy plays.
The Sox took advantage of a passed ball and throwing error by Gold Glove catcher Pudge Rodriguez to tie the game in the seventh, only for Nick Masset to surrender a homer to Carlos Guillen in the bottom of the inning.
Crede's injury and the promotion of Fields might have taken away some of the Sox's ammunition to make a deal before Thursday's non-waiver trading deadline.
The Sox's entire farm system has been self-evaluated in preparation of a deal. Assistant general manager Rick Hahn went to Indianapolis earlier this week to watch Triple-A Charlotte. Dan Fabian, the director of baseball operations, spent last week watching Double-A Birmingham.
At least one of the Sox's pro scouts evaluated the talent of their Advanced-Rookie Great Falls affiliate.
And the Sox are expected to take an extended look at Boston starting Sunday. The Sox don't play the Red Sox until two weeks from now.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times