The hot topic at U.S. Cellular Field this week, so to speak, has been the disappearance of the White Sox's home advantage that usually comes with warm weather.
File it under "cold case."
Not closed, but certainly cooled off after the Sox pounded 13 hits, including six home runs, in a 10-7 victory over the Dodgers, who statistically have the best pitching staff in baseball.
Josh Fields led the sudden spurt of offense with a single that broke an 0-for-16 slump and two home runs. Alexei Ramirez, Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko and Jayson Nix also joined the fun with homers.
The six homers were the most for the White Sox since June 8, 2004, against the Phillies, also at the Cell.
And to think the Sox came into the game hitting just .217 at home and were playing without two of their big power producers, Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome.
"I know we take it one day at a time, that what happened tonight doesn't mean anything tomorrow," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But hopefully the enthusiasm will carry over and the bats will [stay] hot. Now that we are seeing the ball carry a little more in the ballpark, hopefully we take advantage of that."
Sox starter Gavin Floyd made it through six innings before his pitch count did him in.
He allowed six hits and three runs, only one of them earned.
In his last seven starts, Floyd's ERA is 1.60, compared to 7.71 after his first eight starts.
Floyd was staked to a 1-0 lead in the first on Ramirez's fourth homer in his last seven games.
The lead vanished in a sloppy three-run second inning that featured a leadoff walk from Floyd, errors by Gordon Beckham, his fourth of the year, and Ramirez and a passed ball by A.J. Pierzynski.
Dye cleaned up that mess in the third inning, socking a long home run with Ramirez on base to tie the game 3-3.
Then Fields gave the Sox the lead for good with a two-run, fourth-inning shot off Dodgers starter Randy Wolf.
Fields, who has lost his third-base job to Beckham, started at first base.
Thursday afternoon he will be back at third with Beckham getting the day off.
"It was a much-needed game," Fields said. "We've struggled offensively at home and to go off like that is good. I hope we didn't use it all today and we saved some."
Konerko and Nix joined in on Fields' day in the fifth inning. Konerko's shot made it 6-3, Nix's three-run blow put an end to Cory Wade's short relief night and Fields greeted James McDonald with his second of the game.
Even Dewayne Wise enlisted, getting the Sox's first pinch hit in 33 at-bats, a single.
Even though Sox reliever Jimmy Gobble gave up a three-run, eighth-inning homer to Matt Kemp -- making it necessary for Bobby Jenks to come on for his 18th save -- the Sox finally went to bed with a good feeling at home.
Offense will do that to you.
"It seems like the team has a little more life, fans get into game," Guillen said. "When you score runs, it seems like everything goes nice and the players feel good about themselves."
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