Rousting Astros ace Roy Oswalt out of his shell of domination, the White Sox sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth inning, collecting six hits for five runs to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead -- and a silenced Minute Maid Park.
A.J. Pierzynski delivered the key blow, a two-out, two-run double that pulled the plug on a frenzied Houston crowd that had been well into celebrating Texas' first World Series game.
After Chicago was blanked on two hits through four innings, Joe Crede began the fifth with a home run -- his second of the World Series and third of the postseason.
Juan Uribe followed with a single. Chicago pitcher Jon Garland struck out in a failed attempt to bunt -- but the Sox would be within a run before Oswalt could record the second out of the inning.
Scott Podsednik, Tadahito Iguchi and Jermaine Dye delivered consecutive singles, whittling Houston's lead to 4-3, before Paul Konerko flied to center for out No. 2.
Then Pierzynski lashed his score-turning double over the head of center fielder Willy Taveras and atop Tal's Hill.
Aaron Rowand walked, and Oswalt bounced a pitch off Crede to unleash emotions on both benches.
Although it clearly was a get-away pitch by Oswalt, who would have preferred to not load the bases, Carl Everett, the Chicago DH benched in the National League park, vented his displeasure at the pitcher and into the Houston dugout.
Astros manager Phil Garner profanely answered Everett's shouts, and plate umpire Jerry Layne had to intercede, telling both benches to chill.
Neither Everett nor Garner ever left their dugout. Any potential escalation was avoided when Oswalt ended the inning by getting Uribe to fly out to right for the third out.
Then Garland, who only the inning before had appeared to be in a hopeless mismatch with Houston's 20-game winner, was back on the mound, this time to protect a lead.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less