Carlton Fisk ended a 12-for-68 batting slump by driving in five runs with a two singles and a three-run homer in Chicago.
Fisk, who had driven in only two runs in his last 18 games while hitting .176, singled in runs in the first and third innings and hit his eighth homer of the year in the fourth to help the White Sox end a four-game losing streak.
Manager Tony LaRussa had ordered his players not to report at the usual time of 2:30 p.m., but to instead wait until 6 or face a fine; LaRussa said he wanted them to be relaxed. That wasn't the effect the announcement had on Fisk.
"I was really shocked and I'm sure my teammates were," said Fisk. "While I cannot explain my terrible batting slump, it has been inconceivable to me and to the rest of the team that LaRussa has had to bear the brunt of the criticism to the point where his job reportedly is on the line."
Starter LaMarr Hoyt became the league's first 13-game winner as he spaced eight hits over 8 1/3 innings. Salome Barojas got the final out with the bases loaded in the ninth to get his 14th save.