After enduring one of their roughest days of the season on Tuesday, the White Sox enjoyed a merry send-off from Cleveland thanks to Wednesday's 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Indians. "That shows the character of this ballclub," manager Ozzie Guillen said after the Sox rallied twice to overtake the Indians and then held on in the ninth inning as closer Bobby Jenks got the final two outs with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Shortstop Orlando Cabrera ran far into shallow left field to catch the final out. Less than 24 hours earlier, Cabrera had questioned Guillen for criticizing him over Cabrera's calls to the press box to complain about unfavorable official scoring.
"I don't think I'm his favorite manager," Guillen said with a laugh before the game. "But you know what? He's my favorite shortstop right now. He's my favorite shortstop, and I know Cabby since years ago, and I don't think our relationship should be [hurt by] this. Hopefully he goes out there and produces the way he should be producing. If he does that, we should be fine. I hope it's the last time we talk about that."
Cabrera drew a walk during the Sox's three-run fifth and scored the tying run in the seventh.
The comeback win dissolved much of the tension that grew out of Tuesday's 8-2 loss.
"This is baseball," said Carlos Quentin, whose two-run double in the seventh was the game-winning hit. "You have to be able to turn the page. It can come and get you one day and be the best thing the next [day]. That's the beauty of the game."
The Sox won for the 11th time in their last 14 games and beat Cleveland for the sixth time in their last seven meetings.
"This is not the type of club to be cocky," Guillen said, "[but] it's big. To win your division, you've got to beat your own people in your own division."
The Sox passed their final test in the ninth after third baseman Joe Crede mishandled pinch-hitter Ryan Garko's grounder. Pinch-runner Asdrubal Cabrera moved to second on Grady Sizemore's walk. After Jamey Carroll's sacrifice, Ben Francisco fouled out to first and set up a showdown between Jenks and Victor Martinez with first base open.
"It was one of those days where it didn't matter how you got it done as long as you got that third out, especially on a getaway day," Jenks said after earning his 101st save to move into third place on the Sox's all-time list.
Cabrera made the catch and slapped hands with Guillen as the Sox came off the field happy and relieved for many reasons.
Guillen said Cabrera could have chosen his words more carefully when he insisted that he's hardly the only major-league player who is selfish about numbers.
"Everyone has to take care of themselves before they take care of the team," Guillen said. "That's the way he should have put it. Because saying every player is selfish ... I played the game. I played longer than he did. And I played with more different teammates than he did. I think selfish sounds like he isn't a team player
" … Everyone has goals, and his goal is to make as few errors as he can, like I did. But I keep repeating that. It's not about me or him. It's about the club."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun