A little small ball served the White Sox in the nick of time Thursday.
Brian Anderson and Chris Getz contributed to a ninth-inning rally that helped the Sox seize an emotional 4-3 victory over American League Central leader Detroit.
This wasn't a must-win situation, but the Sox salvaged the final game of a 4-8 homestand, cut Detroit's lead to 5 1/2 games and postponed talk of a veteran housecleaning for another day.
"Had we lost that game, it would have been tough," said Anderson, who led off the ninth with a single and scored on Scott Podsednik's single with the bases loaded off Joel Zumaya.
"But getting that win was huge. It makes things better. We're all pretty pumped up right now."
The Sox, who endured a 2-hour-55-minute rain delay before the start of the game, quickly countered after Bobby Jenks allowed a two-run, game-tying homer to Curtis Granderson with two outs in the top of the ninth that wiped out Gavin Floyd's masterful eight-inning performance.
The Sox responded by manufacturing their winning run without a homer. After Anderson's single, Getz laid down a sacrifice bunt that Zumaya threw away to enable Anderson to reach third.
"The last three times since I went crazy, they executed well," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's what I'm looking for."
Josh Fields, starting in place of injured Paul Konerko at first base, drew a walk, and Podsednik came through with his hit past a drawn-in infield.
"We have won a lot of games on the home run, but it sure is nice when you can do what we did," said designated hitter Jim Thome, who hit a solo homer in the second. "That's when it really is big. We'll take this and run with it."
For now, Guillen said recent talks with general manager Ken Williams have centered around help in the event Konerko is sidelined for an extended period because of a loose ligament in his right thumb.
"If we continue to play this way, you know something is going to happen," Guillen said before the game. "If we do a little better, then obviously we are going to keep the ballclub. We are here to win, and we build this ballclub to win. We spend a lot of money to win. We don't spend as much money as people think we should.
"Obviously, every general manager will do the same thing or think about it. ... I hope players start playing better and we can keep the same people with the ballclub. If not, that's part of the game."
Guillen is under contract through 2012 and emphasized he's not in a rebuilding mood, although he said he respects Williams' decisions.
"I don't want to get in the hole and suffer for the next 10 years trying to get better," Guillen said. "If we don't think we are going to get it done with this ballclub, Kenny has to make the decision."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun