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Sox's Crede hits two homers for second straight day

They may have the second-worst winning percentage of any team leading a division, but the White Sox have a bigger lead than the best team, the Cubs.

With their 11-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night, the Sox now have a 41/2-game lead—the same as they did at this point in their championship season of 2005. And the next closest pursuer behind the Twins, Cleveland, is 71/2 games behind.

"We know this club has a chance to do what we did in '05," Joe Crede said. "The biggest thing for us is getting to the playoffs. We're not looking that far ahead right now. We're just trying to ride this [streak] out as long as we can."

The streak the Sox have going now is five straight victories and 13 wins in their last 16 home games.

But no one is on a streak like Crede, who has put up these incredible numbers over his last three games: 8-for-11 with five home runs and 10 RBIs.

Crede hit two homers Saturday for the second straight game—a first for the Sox since Greg Norton in 1999—and is now 14-for-34 with seven homers against the Twins this season as he lifted his batting average to .291.

"It seems like after the off-day [Monday], I got to go home and relax and straighten things out," said Crede, who missed Thursday's game with a sore wrist.

The rest of the team has followed and the result is 64 hits in the first five games of their homestand, with Saturday's beneficiary being Mark Buehrle, who won for the second time in his last 11 starts in front of 32,930 fans.

"I'm not going to complain getting that many runs," Buehrle said. "This [performance] ranks up with the better ones. I love to throw in hot weather."

It was a night of some big and some very unusual offensive accomplishments, like how the White Sox scored their first run. Would you believe a Paul Konerko triple?

It happened after a 33-minute rain delay and was the sixth of his career and first since May 16, 2000, at Yankee Stadium. He had some help when the ball skipped past center fielder Carlos Gomez.

Konerko then scored—standing up—on Jim Thome's sacrifice fly.

But that was just the beginning of the second inning. Jermaine Dye followed with a single and Nick Swisher doubled. And then came more Crede magic—a homer into the left-field bullpen.

"I'm not really trying to hit the ball to a certain spot," he said.

The Sox gave Buehrle a 7-0 lead with three more runs off Livan Hernandez in the fourth inning, with Swisher getting his second of three hits, Alexei Ramirez singling home one run and Orlando Cabrera doubling in two.

Crede added his second three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping make Buehrle 21-11 lifetime against the Twins and giving the Sox their 41/2-game lead.

"Four and a half up, we're not going to say we won the division," Buehrle said. "There are three quality teams when we go in a slump, which is going to happen, and they can catch up in a week."

Or as manager Ozzie Guillen said: "The baseball gods can get you if you get too cocky."

dvandyck@tribune.com

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