White Sox's plate patience pays off

CHICAGO -- The White Sox got a big win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night, ending a seven-game losing streak at home and keeping pace with the two teams ahead of them in their division. Jake Peavy gave the Sox 6 and 2/3 solid innings, giving up all four runs in a tough fifth and the offense got some big hits after falling behind 4-2 to secure a 5-4 victory.

However, manager Ozzie Guillen credited the gloves and some patience at the plate as the keys in making sure the White Sox eked out a one-run win.

“Defense was a big-time help for us today,” Guillen said. “We made a lot of pretty good defensive plays today that helped us to win, and obviously the big hits. And with two outs, we take the walk to win the game, that’s not White Sox baseball. Taking a walk to win that’s unusual, but it’s something we needed. Especially in this ballpark we’re not playing well.”

Tyler Flowers hit his first major league home run to cut a 4-2 deficit in half. Then soon after Carlos Quentin tied the game with an RBI double, Alejandro De Aza drew a bases loaded walk to give the White Sox the lead.

“Yeah it worked out well,” Flowers said of his first long ball in the big leagues. “We were able to come back and win that game and I'm glad I was able to help. Probably wouldn't mean as much if we didn't get a win out of it but it turned out to be great.”

Everyone seemed relieved to finally snap the long losing stretch at home, but mostly just because they knew they’d no longer have to answer questions about it. Flowers attributed the streak to bad luck more than anything else, but did acknowledge it was a big win for the team.

The first-place Detroit Tigers, whom the White Sox are five game behind, pulled off a big comeback victory of their own, which made the Sox win all the more significant. The second-place Cleveland Indians won on Saturday as well.

Brent Lillibridge, covering at first base with Paul Konerko at DH and Adam Dunn out tending to family matters, said it didn’t matter where they won or what the teams ahead of them did, they had one goal.

“Winning in general is what we’re looking for,” Lillibridge said. “But you know, just coming back here and getting a win, playing good baseball the whole night is big. Hopefully finish it and win the series and look to do that for the rest of the season.”

Establishing some sort of home-field advantage is exactly what they’ll have to do if the White Sox expect to find themselves at the top of their division by season’s end.