Four runs? That suddenly has become a good inning for the Sox.
Since Sunday, the Sox have scored 31 runs, pounded out 48 hits, including 12 home runs, and have won four straight games, including a warm, windy and wild 10-6 affair Friday night over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
"They made me shut up," Guillen said with a laugh. "I got some offense."
And it came against the Twins, giving the Sox a 31/2-game lead in the American League Central with three games left in the series.
"These are the teams you want to play, the teams right behind you," said Joe Crede, who hit his 11th and 12th homers. "You can distance yourself and gauge yourself to see where you're at."
Not only did Sox hitters match their season high for homers (four) for the second time in four days, but they didn't strike out for the first time since Sept. 29, 2005—the day they clinched the division in Detroit.
The Sox have won five consecutive home games and 12 of their last 15, which is a good sign because they are home most of the month of June, when the wind blows and the temperature rises.
"It seem that as weather gets hotter, the offense [does] as well," said Crede, who matched a career high with four hits to raise his batting average to .286.
"I've been here long enough," hitting coach Greg Walker said, "[to see] this ballpark work to our advantage. We're home a lot this month and we can really take advantage of this thing. We're a team based on power."
Although starter Javier Vazquez put his team in a 3-0 hole in the third inning, Crede started the comeback with a homer in the third and the Sox scored again in the fourth before exploding for six runs in the fifth inning, the final three coming on Carlos Quentin's 16th homer.
In that fifth, the Sox strung together six straight hits off Twins' starter Nick Blackburn and reliever Juan Rincon. Nick Swisher and Crede started with singles, then Alexei Ramirez bunted for a hit. Orlando Cabrera singled home one run and A.J. Pierzynski doubled home two in front of Quentin.
Vazquez improved to 5-0 in his last seven starts against the Twins, even though he didn't make it through the sixth inning.
"Fortunately the guys had a great game offensively," Vazquez said. "It makes it a lot easier when you don't have your best stuff."
Octavio Dotel finished off the sixth inning for Vazquez, then Matt Thornton and Scott Linebrink threw perfect innings before Esteban Loaiza made his second Sox debut and gave up two runs (one earned) in the ninth.
Even those final runs couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for 26,459 fans, or the White Sox offense.
Cabrera had three hits and Paul Konerko two to get his average back above .200.
"I don't anticipate this team being down all year," Crede said. "These guys know how to get out of slumps and not panic. They've been through this situation before. They're proven big-league hitters."