But that wasn't as essential to the White Sox as the fact Humber managed to escape after blowing all of a four-run lead in the bottom of the third.
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The Sox forged a run in the top of the fourth that stood up as four relievers combined to pitch four shutout innings to hold on for a 5-4 victory and snap their three-game losing streak while extending their lead in the American League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Indians.
"These guys continue to come in and get the job done," Ventura said of his relievers.
The last four outs were Humber's biggest. With Andre Ethier representing the tying run and Hector Santiago warming up for the second time, Humber managed to jam cleanup hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez made a diving catch near the infield grass for the final out, and Humber retired the side in order in the fifth and depart after 99 pitches.
This was far from a dominant outing, but all of the Dodgers' nine hits off Humber were singles -- including three consecutive two-out hits during their four-run third.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley got two hits off Humber, including a single that started the four-run third.
Santiago, making his first appearance since June 8, retired the side in the sixth and was pulled after fooling Ethier on a called third strike.
Nate Jones relieved Santiago with the tying run at second. He struck out Hairston on a 95 mph fastball and retired Bobby Abreu on a pop to short.
Humber (3-4) helped his cause by collecting his first hit in 10 major league at-bats -- a single to right field to score Ramirez and cap a three-run second.
For the second time in as many nights, a Sox starting pitcher was staked to an early multirun lead. Paul Konerko started the three-run second with a double, and Ramirez came through later with a two-run single into shallow left-center.
Alex Rios, who went 3-for-4 on Friday and hit a single during the Sox's three-run second, ripped a two-out triple off the center-field wall to score Adam Dunn.
Earlier in the inning, with the Dodgers performing an exaggerated shift to the right side, Dunn tried to fool the defense by attempting a bunt. But Dunn, who leads the majors with 23 home runs -- including five in his previous seven games -- fouled off his bunt attempt before ripping a single to center.
With left-hander John Danks not likely to return soon, the Sox seemed resigned to hoping Humber and Gavin Floyd rebound from their respective slumps.
"If you're not winning games and they're not pitching (the way) you feel they can, you're always looking at it," Ventura said of the scrutiny. "But they're the best guys for us. That's the way I look at it, to fix it rather than look for someone else to just take it over. I believe the ability is there, and (they) just got to figure out a way to find it."
After the game, the Sox announced via email that Jake Peavy will get an extra day of rest, pushing his start against the Cubs to Tuesday. Zach Stewart will start Monday night, and Floyd will start Wednesday.