White Sox riding big home runs to victories

White Sox riding big home runs to victories

CHICAGO -- To characterize the White Sox as solely a home run-based offense is a bit of a misnomer.

But this team does seem to win the games where the hitters deliver game-changing home runs. Take a look at Chicago's 10 victories from the 2013 season entering Saturday night's contest as examples.

Win 1: Tyler Flowers' solo homer serves as the only run in a 1-0 victory against the Royals.

Win 2: Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Flowers all hit solo homers in knocking out Kansas City's Ervin Santana.

Win 3: Alex Rios' two-run homer off of Felix Hernandez gives the White Sox the lead.

Win 4: Vicideo hits a walk-off 10th-inning blast off of the Mariners' Kameron Loe.

Win 5: Paul Konerko's two-run homer off of Brett Myers erases a 1-0 Indians' lead and helps the White Sox end a five-game losing streak.

Win 6: Konerko's seventh-inning homer off of Josh Johnson ties the game after the Blue Jays took the lead in the previous half-inning.

Win 7: Flowers' three-run shot off of J.A. Happ in the second gets the White Sox going.

Win 8: A two-run homer from Rios in the fifth gives the White Sox a three-run advantage over Cleveland starter Zach McAllister.

Win 9: Dunn gives the White Sox breathing room with a two-run drive in the sixth off of Jeremy Hellickson.

Win 10: An unlikely trio of Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie all go deep, with Greene's homer giving the White Sox control after trailing 3-0.

Like it or not, the home run is a staple of the White Sox attack.

"That's not a knock against our team. We've got plenty of guys in this lineup capable of hitting 20-plus home runs," White Sox starter Jake Peavy said. "We've got to tighten up and score any which way we can, but we are a good team, and we win and we play with the best teams in baseball when we run into some long balls and pitch the way we are capable of pitching.

"If you watched us play last year, that's really what we do. We seem to win when we hit the ball out of the ballpark."

Those home runs increase as the weather warms up at U.S. Cellular Field, as it has this weekend, meaning the White Sox pitchers also have to be on alert. Chicago's success also is predicated on strong efforts from the men on the mound, with solid defense behind them.

"This team, when you look at it, we are built on pitching and defense, and we got some guys who are -- throughout the lineup -- who do damage," Peavy said. "They have to do damage for us to score runs and win, and they will, especially when the weather warms up."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.