got what every baseball player who's been sitting on the bench craves - a chance to play.
Breaking out of a slump while making a rare appearance in the
Chicago White Sox
's starting lineup, Fields responded by hitting two of his team's six homers Wednesday night in a 10-7 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
''A much needed game,'' Fields said. ''We've been struggling at home and to come out of it and go off like that was good.
Hopefully we didn't get rid of all of it and saved some for tomorrow.''
Before his breakout Wednesday night, Fields had made just once start since June 8 - four days after last year's first-round
, was called up and took over at third base.
Fields, who made just his third start of the season at first base Wednesday, has handled the demotion as well as he could,
using the extra time to refine his swing with batting coach
''The time off has given us a lot of time to do a lot of work,'' Fields said. ''Actually it's nice to get out there - and
I wouldn't say produce -but see all the effects of the work you've been doing kind of come out.''
Fields entered the game in an 0 for 16 skid. He singled in his first at-bat, hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the fourth
inning and added a solo shot in the fifth when the
connected three times. He also earned another start in the series finale Thursday.
''It's tough to sit on the bench for one game, let alone a week or two weeks and not really play and then come in and have
a game like this,'' said Chicago's
, who also homered on a hot summer night when the ball was jumping.
built a 10-3 lead after scoring five times in the fifth, but the Dodgers cut the deficit to three on
's three-run homer in the eighth off
in the back with a pitch right shortly after Kemp's homer and was replaced by
pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.
Entering the game with just a .217 batting average at home compared to .280 on the road, the
finally showed some spark at U.S. Cellular Field. Another reserve,
also homered as did
Chicago's six homers were one shy of the club record. The
last hit six in a game on June 8, 2004, against the Phillies.
(5-5) gave up six hits and one earned run in six innings and got his first career win against the Dodgers in four starts.
(3-3) allowed up three homers and had his shortest outing of the season, lasting just 3 1-3 innings.
''There is no way to candy-coat it. I stunk,'' Wolf said. ''It's virtually impossible to look at yourself in the mirror and
think you're going to get big league hitters out when you're hitting your spot 30 percent of the time. Frankly, I'm embarrassed
with the way I pitched. ... And when you're awful, you deserve to get your teeth kicked in. And that's what I got.''
Konerko hit a solo shot in the fifth off reliever
to make it 6-3. And after singles by A.J. Pierzynski and
, Nix delivered a three-run shot to deep left, his fifth of the season. Nix got the start against the left-hander Wolf in
relieved Wade and after getting one out, he gave up Fields' second homer of the game and third of the fifth inning.
Dye's two-run homer made it 3-all in the third.
The Dodgers feasted on
mistakes in a three-run second inning.
walked and moved up on an infield out and scored on
's RBI single. A walk to
at the end of a 12-pitch at-bat and an error on Beckham loaded the bases.
Loretta scored on Pierzynski's passed ball and Loney came home when Chicago shortstop Ramirez dropped Pierre's liner for another
error, making it 3-1.
Ramirez hit a solo homer in the first.
NOTES: Fields now has five homers this season. He hit 23 in 100 games in 2007. He now has three multihomer games in his career.
... The Dodgers hadn't surrendered six homers in a game since Aug. 2, 2001, against the Reds.