LOS ANGELES—The White Sox hit two home runs Sunday and got seven strong innings from Esteban Loaiza.
But nine was the number that made manager Jerry Manuel proud. That's how many singles and doubles his team had in its 10-3 victory over the Dodgers.
The Sox went just 5-8 on their longest road trip since 1984. But with two victories and 21 hits in their final two games, the Sox believe they are on to something.
It helps that Frank Thomas suddenly looks like the player who won back-to-back MVP awards in 1993-94. He's batting .450 with four homers during an 11-game hitting streak.
"When I get hot, things happen," he said. "It's a good feeling to be hot. I know when I get these spells going, I'm capable of doing some things. Hopefully I can build on it."
The Sox built on another dominant performance by Loaiza, who improved to 9-2 with an AL-best 2.06 ERA.
Loaiza gave up two early home runs. One was legit, the other was lucky.
Shawn Green took him over the wall in right-center field in the first. An inning later, Paul Lo Duca reached out and sliced a ball down the right-field line.
Magglio Ordonez misplayed the carom off the wall, allowing Lo Duca to circle the bases. The call was changed to a home run after originally being ruled a double and a two-base error.
The Sox responded with two runs on four consecutive singles in the fourth.
Thomas' two-run blast capped a five-run rally in the fifth and gave the Sox a 7-2 lead.
"I wasn't even thinking about the big lead," said Loaiza, who struck out nine and didn't walk a batter. "I just tried to put zeroes up."
Loaiza earned his final out in the seventh when Carlos Lee made a diving catch in left with two runners aboard.
Loaiza pumped his fist and high-fived Lee on the field.
"An outstanding catch," Loaiza said.
But it wasn't even Lee's best moment of the game. That came in the seventh, when he hung in against reliever Guillermo Mota, who had a 1.72 ERA and was holding right-handers to a .203 average.
Lee fouled off several pitches before driving Mota's 0-2 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 100th career home run.
Two innings earlier, Lee had promised some teammates that he would go to right field in his next at-bat. He dropped a single into right-center to end an 0-for-11 slide.
"He made up his mind that he was going to stay inside the ball and go to right field," Manuel said. "Once he does that, he'll hit his homers."
Lee is a believer.
"All I'll try to do from now on is hit the ball to right field," he said. "That helps me stay closed, and I can see the ball longer."