ANAHEIM—Ozzie Guillen looked like a genius for at least one night.
The Sox's 25th lineup of the season produced three hits and a run to start Wednesday's game.
Carlos Quentin, the Sox's most productive hitter who batted in the third spot for the first time, cranked a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning off reliever Scot Shields that brought a gale of relief to the Sox's dugout.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game that he hopes to return his veteran players to their normal spots in the batting order. But it's getting tougher for Guillen to move Quentin out of a run-producing role.
"We needed this game badly," Guillen said. "[Quentin] made me look good. I never thought he was that special, that good, until we got him."
Quentin extended his American League-leading home run total to 10, and his five RBIs tied a career high set May 21, 2007, against Colorado while playing for Arizona.
The winning rally was set up when No. 9 hitter Juan Uribe, one of three Sox players who batted in the same spot for the second consecutive game, led off with a single. Orlando Cabrera's infield hit and a throwing error by shortstop Erick Aybar moved the runners into scoring position.
A.J. Pierzynski, batting in the second spot for the first time in his career, was intentionally walked to set up Quentin's first major-league grand slam.
The slam made a winner out of Jose Contreras (4-3), who allowed one run in seven innings for the second consecutive game and scattered four hits.
Nick Swisher, batting eighth for the first time this season, cranked a solo homer in the ninth, his first since April 26.
Some of the tension was lifted before the seventh inning when the Angels' Kiss-Cam panned the Sox's TV booth, where broadcaster Hawk Harrelson stood up and gave a kiss on the head of an unsuspecting Darrin Jackson, which brought a large laugh throughout Angel Stadium.
Guillen came through on his vow to at least temporarily shake up a veteran lineup that entered Wednesday's game with a .240 batting average, 31 solo home runs and an American League-low 11 stolen bases.
"I want to take advantage of the guys that are hitting well right now," Guillen said. "That's the main thing, and give the guys that don't swing the bat a little bit right now some freedom. I think they're pressing too much, so this lineup is going to be there, and I hope not for long.
"I want to go back to my regular lineup, go back to the way we started."
Jim Thome took responsibility for his slump that prompted some of the changes in which he dropped from third to fifth.
"The bottom line is I really haven't been doing anything," he said. "That's what happens in the game."