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CHICAGO -- Maybe now Ozzie Guillen will stop ripping his team's offense.
Five days after the manager went on a tirade about the Chicago White Sox's inability to produce, they had four homers among 16 hits to win their fourth straight game, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-6 on Friday night.
"I want some offense. They made me shut up," Guillen said. "I got some offense."
Carlos Quentin had a three-run homer that went off right fielder Michael Cuddyer's glove into the bullpen during a six-run fifth inning. And Joe Crede, who's been battling a bruised right wrist, looked pretty healthy with two homers in a 4-for-4 night.
The White Sox have scored 31 runs and homered 12 times during their four-game winning streak. And on a blustery night at U.S. Cellular Field, the wind seemed to soothe any hard feelings or sore wrists.
"I definitely felt it out there, but it was to the point where I told Ozzie I'd be able to manage the pain," said Crede, who missed Thursday's game with the injury.
"You don't anticipate this team being down all year long. These guys have been in the game long enough to know," Crede added. "It's an advantage to have older guys on your team because they know how to get out of slumps. They're not going to panic, because they've gone through that situation before."
And hitting coach Greg Walker, who was upset that Guillen mentioned his name during Sunday's rant when he called for general manager Ken Williams to make some changes, said everything is OK.
"I love Ozzie like a brother," Walker said. "We've been close for a long time. You know it happened. I'm kind of at a loss of words about it. It's really a non-issue when you get down to it. It looked a lot worse. If Ozzie Guillen doesn't love me, I'd have gotten fired last year."
Quentin, the surprise star of the White Sox, had his 16th homer. Crede hit solo shots in the third and sixth and had two singles. And Jermaine Dye had Chicago's other homer.
Javier Vazquez (6-4) wasn't sharp but got the victory. He allowed four runs and nine hits, including homers to Carlos Gomez and Cuddyer, in 5 1/3 innings. Alexi Casilla hit Minnesota's third homer, a two-run shot off Esteban Loaiza in the ninth, and the Twins finished with 13 hits.
"Rough night for us pitching. The ball was flying all over the place. I think we all saw that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
With the wind blowing at 22 mph and gusting to 38 across the field from right to left, some popups and fly balls became an adventure.
The Twins had a 3-0 lead early but Nick Blackburn (4-4) couldn't hold it.
Chicago drove the rookie right-hander out with five straight hits to start the fifth inning. Nick Swisher and Crede singled, Alexei Ramirez beat out a bunt to load the bases, Orlando Cabrera had an RBI single and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a two-run double to make it 5-3.
Juan Rincon relieved and Quentin hit a high drive to right that went off the top of a leaping Cuddyer's glove and into the bullpen for an 8-3 lead.
"It was a home run. My glove was over the fence when I touched it. It hit the top (of my glove)," Cuddyer said, not blaming the conditions.
"They hit a lot of balls out of the park, but I wouldn't say all of them were wind-aided."
And even though the White Sox have struggled the last two weeks to come through with big hits when there are runners in scoring position, Cuddyer doesn't see a big problem for Chicago.
"They can swing it. They've got guys with track records who can swing it. I don't care about their averages or what they're talking about," he said.
After Cuddyer homered in the sixth, the Twins loaded the bases on two singles and a walk but Octavio Dotel struck out Gomez and got Casilla on an inning-ending grounder.
Chicago made it 3-2 in the fourth as Quentin and Paul Konerko singled to put runners at the corners and a run scored on Jim Thome's double-play grounder.
Blackburn allowed eight hits and seven runs in four-plus innings.
|Michael Cuddyer can't bear to watch after not being able to rob Carlos Quentin's homer. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Carlos Gomez, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||4||.274|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||1||3||.347|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.335|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.299|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||5||1||1||1||0||2||2||.251|
|Jason Kubel, DH||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.242|
|Delmon Young, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Mike Lamb, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.233|
|Brendan Harris, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.249|
|2B - Joe Mauer 2 (14, Vazquez, Vazquez), Justin Morneau (10, Vazquez)|
|HR - Carlos Gomez (5, Vazquez), Alexi Casilla (3, Loaiza), Michael Cuddyer (3, Vazquez)|
|RBI - Carlos Gomez (24), Alexi Casilla 2 (18), Joe Mauer (27), Justin Morneau (43), Michael Cuddyer (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (14), Joe Mauer (13), Justin Morneau (16)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Casilla-Harris-Morneau, Harris-Casilla-Morneau, Casilla-Harris-Morneau|
|Nick Blackburn (L,4-4)||4||8||7||7||0||0||1||3.94|
|HBP - Pierzynski (by Nick Blackburn)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 56-37, Juan Rincon 36-21, Brian Bass 31-18, Craig Breslow 4-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 5-6, Juan Rincon 2-2, Brian Bass 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 20, Juan Rincon 8, Brian Bass 9, Craig Breslow 2|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.253|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.296|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||5||2||2||3||0||0||4||.290|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Jim Thome, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.209|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.285|
|Nick Swisher, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||3||4||2||0||0||0||.286|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.261|
|2B - A.J. Pierzynski (16, Blackburn)|
|HR - Carlos Quentin (16, Rincon), Jermaine Dye (10, Bass), Joe Crede 2 (12, Blackburn, Rincon)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (20), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (23), Carlos Quentin 3 (53), Jermaine Dye (24), Joe Crede 2 (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Ramirez-Konerko|
|E - Joe Crede (12, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Javier Vazquez (W,6-4)||5.1||9||4||4||2||4||2||3.64|
|Octavio Dotel (H,8)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 109-74, Octavio Dotel 10-7, Matt Thornton 15-9, Scott Linebrink 19-13, Esteban Loaiza 19-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-4, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-1, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Esteban Loaiza 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 26, Octavio Dotel 3, Matt Thornton 3, Scott Linebrink 3, Esteban Loaiza 6|
|Attendance - 26459|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|