"They're giving me the feeling we're back on track," manager Ozzie Guillen said after Saturday night's 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. "I could go and relax in the last inning. The pitchers could make a mistake with the lead and before they can't make any."
Freddy Garcia allowed four hits in eight innings, giving the AL Central leaders back-to-back victories for the first time since Sept. 6-7, at the end of a seven-game winning streak.
"You can let the game come to you and we did that tonight," Dye said after reaching 30 homers. "We haven't had one of these in a while. The offense showed up and Freddy went out there and did what he needed to."
After leading by 15 games on Aug. 1, the White Sox maintained their 1½-game lead over second-place Cleveland, which routed Kansas City 11-4.
"If we play the way we have the last two games, we'll be in good shape," Garcia said.
They'd better keep playing that way because Guillen says he doesn't expect the Indians, who've won 17 of 19, to lose again before the White Sox get to Cleveland for the final series of the season.
Cleveland, which won two of three in Chicago earlier this week, plays one more against the Royals and then three versus the Tampa Bay Devils Rays before facing Chicago again.
"I took a couple of peeks up there. Nothing against Kansas City or Tampa Bay, but the way they are playing right now and from what I saw when they left here, I doubt they will lose another game," Guillen said. "I don't expect Tampa Bay to do it. I think the best team to do it now is us."
Garcia (13-8) won for just the second time in 10 starts, striking out two and walking two. Garcia had pitched his best game of the season against the Twins on Aug. 23, losing a one-hitter 1-0 in the Metrodome on Jacque Jones' leadoff homer in the eighth.
Luis Vizcaino completed the five-hitter. A night earlier, Jose Contreras pitched a six-hitter for his first major league complete game.
"After Contreras did that, I knew Freddy would come down and try to emulate him," Guillen said. "He gave me the innings, too."
Joe Mays (6-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. He won his first six decisions against the White Sox but is 2-5 against them since.
Tadahito Iguchi matched a career high with four hits, and Chicago finished with 14 hits.
"They kind of whacked us around. Joe was up in the zone and they pretty much hit everything he threw up there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And that's a pretty good formula. You get your starter to go eight or nine innings and you hit three-run homers. Normally it works out pretty good."
Joe Crede's two-out RBI single put Chicago ahead in the first, but Lew Ford's two-out, run-scoring single tied the score in the third.
Scott Podsednik doubled to start the bottom half, moved to third on Iguchi's bunt single and scored the tiebreaking run on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI double.
Paul Konerko hit a run-scoring single, and Dye homered to reach 30 for the second time in his major league career, the first since 2000 with Kansas City. Two outs later, Crede hit a solo homer off reliever Matt Guerrier.
- DH Carl Everett told the Daily Southtown he was unhappy with being dropped from third to sixth in the batting order -- he was in a 10-for-67 slump before Saturday's game. Guillen wasn't pleased that one of his players was complaining with a playoff berth on the line. "Don't go behind people and say, 'Why me?' The bottom line here is I'm going make the best lineup for the team," he said. "Right now, I think it's better off for Carl to hit down there to take the pressure away from (him). It's a shame because my door is open, if they want to ask me about it.
- If he doesn't like the lineup, I can put somebody else in there." Everett was 1-for-4 Saturday night, batting sixth for the second straight night.
- Pierzynski's third-inning double gave him his first RBI against his former team in 52 at-bats this season.
- The Twins have grounded into at least one double play in 15 straight games. They had three more Saturday night and lead the majors.
- Plate umpire Lance Barksdale was hit in the neck by Ford's bat when Ford couldn't hold onto the bat while swinging at a sixth-inning pitch. Play was delayed for several minutes as White Sox trainer Herm Schneider attended to Barksdale, who stayed in the game.
- The crowd of 37,699 was the 18th home sellout of the season for the White Sox.