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"Most of the time when you're going to talk to the players, myself, I wait for them to do something good," said Guillen. "Make sure they don't take it the wrong way because they had a bad game. All of a sudden, [they're] in the principal's office."
Ramirez came into the game with a .167 average and had Guillen concerned after faltering at the plate and in the field in a 14-0 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday. It was Ramirez's first home run of the season, the perfect opportunity of Guillen's meeting.
"As soon as the game was over, I saw him and talked to him about the game," Guillen said. "I was excited for him. Hopefully this is a corner he is going to turn."
Ramirez capped a six-run fifth inning with the slam to left on a 3-2 pitch off Toronto reliever Shawn Camp to put the White Sox up 8-2. He needed just 152 games to reach five grand slams, second fastest in major league history. Rudy York with the Detroit Tigers did it in 139 games in the 1930s, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Ramirez appreciated Guillen's pep talk.
"I feel good that my coaches, my manager showed confidence in me and I think that's important, I feel good," Ramirez said through a translator.
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (3-0) was impressive a night after the Blue Jays' offense pounded out a season-high 14 runs and 21 hits. He allowed two runs and scattered six hits in six innings. He also had his 1,099th career strikeout in the fourth inning to move past Gary Peters into sole possession of fifth place on the White Sox all-time list. He finished the game with four strikeouts.
Buehrle was backed up in the field by second baseman Brent Lillibridge, who made a diving stop on Aaron Hill's ball to end the fourth, and Jerry Owens, who made a diving catch on the left-center warning-track to rob Vernon Wells of extra bases in the fifth.
"You're going to run into some of that once in a while. But if they don't make those plays, it's a different ballgame all the way around," said Toronto manager Cito Gaston.
Burres' lead did not last long as he gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Anderson and Ramirez in the second inning.
Burres (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts and four walks.
With rookie left-hander Ricky Romero on the disabled list on Thursday, Burres was called up on Friday from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Blue Jays acquired the 28-year-old left-hander off waivers in February from the Baltimore Orioles, where he was 13-18 with a 5.88 ERA over three seasons.
"If we can hold on until we get some people back, we'll be OK. We're going to have some games like that," Gaston said. "It was almost the reversal of what happened last night to them. Mix-and-match, it builds sometimes but it will catch up with you sometimes too."
|Alexei Ramirez makes his first homer of the season count, crushing his fifth career grand slam. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS-2B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.278|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||2||0||1||0||1||0||2||.376|
|a- John McDonald, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.247|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.266|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.329|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.323|
|Travis Snider, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.344|
|Jose Bautista, LF-3B||3||0||1||1||1||1||2||.351|
|Raul Chavez, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|a-struck out for Hill in the 7th|
|SF - Marco Scutaro (2)|
|SH - Raul Chavez (1)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (12), Jose Bautista (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Scutaro-Millar, League-McDonald-Millar|
|E - Scott Rolen (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brian Burres (L,0-1)||4.1||7||6||6||4||2||0||12.46|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 80-42, Shawn Camp 33-19, Brandon League 12-7, Bryan Bullington 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 4-7, Shawn Camp 4-0, Brandon League 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Brian Burres 24, Shawn Camp 9, Brandon League 3, Bryan Bullington 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Brent Lillibridge, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.148|
|Josh Fields, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.258|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Jermaine Dye, DH||3||2||1||2||2||1||1||.333|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||2||3||1||1||1||3||.333|
|Corky Miller, C||4||2||1||0||1||1||6||.333|
|Brian Anderson, RF||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.308|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||2||5||0||0||1||.190|
|Jerry Owens, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.125|
|2B - Corky Miller (2, Burres)|
|HR - Jermaine Dye (5, Camp), Alexei Ramirez (1, Camp)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (12), Paul Konerko (13), Brian Anderson 2 (4), Alexei Ramirez 5 (8)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,3-0)||6||6||2||2||3||4||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 92-52, Octavio Dotel 14-9, Matt Thornton 20-16, Scott Linebrink 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-8, Octavio Dotel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Octavio Dotel 4, Matt Thornton 4, Scott Linebrink 3|
|Attendance - 30383|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 39|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell|