ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The White Sox's roster stayed intact Monday night, and a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay broke some of the tension over an imminent shake-up.
As soon as Luis Terrero caught pinch-hitter Greg Norton's drive in front of the center-field fence to end a five-game losing streak, the Sox celebrated in several ways.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski hugged shortstop Juan Uribe as they walked off the field.
Manager Ozzie Guillen looked up into the stands and saw son Ozzie Jr. simulating the shaking of a bottle.
"Want some champagne?" the elder Guillen asked reporters.
The Sox won despite striking out a season-high 15 times. They have whiffed 45 times in their last four games.
"If we play here more often, there's going to be a lot of fat people eating pizza for free," said Guillen, referring to a promotion in which fans receive coupons for free pizza if the opponent strikes out at least 10 times.
The Sox's beleaguered bullpen bailed out starter John Danks (4-6) with four scoreless innings of work.
And Danks earned the win when the Sox scored twice in the sixth.
"You hit the way we hit and strike out the way we strike out, and you win the game, that's because you get clutch hitting," Guillen said after the Sox went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-23 in the previous four games.
Rookie Andy Gonzalez, starting in place of injured Jermaine Dye in right, had the Sox's first four-hit game of the season. Gonzalez hit an RBI double in the fourth and added a game-tying single in the sixth.
"I [got four hits] in the minor leagues, but it was a long time ago," Gonzalez said. "I'm just happy we won."
Before the game, Buehrle grazed over a scouting report with pitching coach Don Cooper in preparation for his next start Wednesday. The scrutiny is expected to be greater for Buehrle with the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaching.
Many teams are aware of declarations by general manager Ken Williams that the Sox are intending to make some changes in the wake of their season-long malaise.
"If people are out there publicly saying they're going to move players, then I owe it to myself to call them up and see who they're going to move," Mets GM Omar Minaya told New York reporters. "But it's at the checking-in stage right now."
Guillen sympathizes with the fans' frustration, less than two years after the Sox won their first World Series in 88 years.
"The fans have been awesome in Chicago the last couple of years," Guillen said. "We had to please those people. It's no fun when you go out to change pitchers and they boo you. I get upset, and I just want to tell them, 'Wait a minute. You think you guys want to win it more than we do?'
"They pay to boo you or to root for you. And they have all the right to boo us right now. I don't disagree with the fans."
Guillen received support from two highly regarded managers.
"[The Braves'] Bobby Cox sent me a message to keep believing in myself, don't worry about [losing]," Guillen said. "Even [the Cubs'] Lou Piniella stopped by my office two days ago and said, 'Don't worry about it. Just keep doing what you're doing. Don't second-guess yourself.'
"I went to say goodbye to Piniella [after Sunday's game], and he said, 'Don't worry about it.'
"It was the same stuff I told my players. Believe in yourself; you did it before. That's a learning process. Continue to fight."