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CHICAGO -- Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox let the rest of the American League know they are still in the playoff picture -- even without Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas.

Crede hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and a game-ending home run in the ninth to rally the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-6 Saturday night.

The White Sox, already without Thomas, learned Friday that four-time All-Star Ordonez could miss the rest of the season because of an injured knee.

"The game tonight was big, it lets everybody know that we can come back," Crede said. "With our big bats out of the lineup right now, it gives us the confidence in the fact that we can come back from a deficit like that."

Chicago won its fourth straight overall, its sixth straight at home and moved ahead of Minnesota into the AL Central lead. The White Sox trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning and 6-2 in the seventh before coming back to send the Tigers to their sixth loss in eight games.

"It's just disappointing. You hope that when you have a lead like that you can hold onto it, but with this club, you've got to give them credit because they've done it more than once or twice," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Chicago has 29 comeback victories this season and are 10 games over .500, which is a season high.

The White Sox scored three times in the seventh on Crede's opposite-field double off Jason Johnson and Willie Harris' sacrifice fly.

Carlos Lee walked against Esteban Yan leading off the eighth, took second on Carl Everett's grounder, advanced on a wild pitch, then tied it on Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly.

"They've done this before. They get a little momentum going, they get the crowd into it. We just couldn't stop them," Trammell said.

Crede homered with one out in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch from Ugueth Urbina (3-5), the fourth game-ending homer of Crede's career.

"You can't really describe how good it feels. I don't think there is a word that can describe it," Crede said. "The whole battle was getting a pitch that I wanted.

"I was looking for one pitch and fortunately I was able to get it."

Konerko and Jose Valentin also homered for Chicago, which has won eight in a row against division rivals. Damaso Marte (4-4) pitched the ninth for the win.

Carlos Guillen homered twice for Detroit, and Brandon Inge and Marcus Thames also homered.

Chicago starter Scott Schoeneweis gave up five runs and eight hits -- including three homers -- in six innings. Johnson allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Dmitri Young hit an RBI single in the first, and Guillen homered in the third to make it 2-0. Inge hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but Konerko's homer in the fifth cut the lead to 4-1.

Thames and Valentin exchanged solo homers in the sixth, and Guillen homered again in the seventh. It was his second multihomer game - he also did it May 31 against Kansas City.

Notes

The White Sox had their sixth home sellout of the season. ... The White Sox are 20-8 against AL Central opponents. ... Guillen was the first player to homer from both sides of the plate against the White Sox since Mark Bellhorn did it on June 30, 2002. ... Inge is hitting .369 (31-for-84) on the road this season, compared to .229 (25-for-109) at home.

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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Crede
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Omar Infante, 2B4000101 .271
Carlos Guillen, SS5332002 .322
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000111 .359
Dmitri Young, 1B4021000 .297
Rondell White, LF3000103 .274
Marcus Thames, RF4121001 .268
Chris Shelton, DH3110111 .250
Brandon Inge, 3B4122001 .290
Nook Logan, CF3000001 .333
Totals3361064211 
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (27, Schoeneweis)
HR - Carlos Guillen 2 (15, Schoeneweis, Adkins), Marcus Thames (4, Schoeneweis), Brandon Inge (9, Schoeneweis)
SH - Nook Logan (1)
RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (70), Dmitri Young (25), Marcus Thames (7), Brandon Inge 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen (19), Dmitri Young (8)
CS - Marcus Thames (1, 2nd base by Schoeneweis/S. Alomar)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Infante-Young
E - Brandon Inge (7, misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jason Johnson 6.2655132 4.32
Jamie Walker (H,10) 0.1000010 2.87
Esteban Yan (BS,5) 1011100 4.12
Ugueth Urbina (L,3-5) 0.1111011 4.58
HBP - Rowand (by Jason Johnson)
WP - Esteban Yan (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 114-68, Jamie Walker 4-3, Esteban Yan 19-13, Ugueth Urbina 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 11-6, Esteban Yan 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 28, Jamie Walker 1, Esteban Yan 4, Ugueth Urbina 2
Chicago White Sox
Willie Harris, 2B3001001 .270
Jose Valentin, SS4111011 .247
Carlos Lee, LF3100100 .298
Carl Everett, DH4000020 .262
Paul Konerko, 1B3222010 .290
Timo Perez, RF4110000 .253
Aaron Rowand, CF3110010 .311
Joe Crede, 3B3123100 .243
Sandy Alomar Jr., C3000005 .258
Totals30777257 
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (19, J. Johnson)
HR - Jose Valentin (22, J. Johnson), Paul Konerko (25, J. Johnson), Joe Crede (13, Urbina)
SF - Willie Harris (3), Paul Konerko (4)
RBI - Willie Harris (15), Jose Valentin (57), Paul Konerko 2 (66), Joe Crede 3 (45)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Konerko, Crede-Harris-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Scott Schoeneweis 6855313 4.97
Jon Adkins 2111111 3.77
Damaso Marte (W,4-3) 1100000 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Schoeneweis 101-57, Jon Adkins 27-16, Damaso Marte 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Schoeneweis 4-11, Jon Adkins 3-1, Damaso Marte 3-0
Batters Faced - Scott Schoeneweis 27, Jon Adkins 7, Damaso Marte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38055
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kevin Kelley, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom