Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Rays 2

April, 21, 2011
4/21/11
8:41
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The White Sox’s seven-game losing streak came to an end Thursday with a 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

How it happened: The White Sox arose from their offensive slumber to score their most runs since an April 6 victory at Kansas City. Juan Pierre (two bunt singles in his first two at-bats) and Omar Vizquel (two RBIs in his first two at-bats) led the charge. Carlos Quentin followed in the No. 3 spot with two RBIs. Gavin Floyd was on the ropes at times but battled back to give up just two runs.

What it means: That passionate group of White Sox fans ready to storm Ozzie Guillen’s office was slowed a bit as the manager has made moves that have helped. Moving Quentin to the No. 2 spot Wednesday has worked for two consecutive days. Even bigger was his move to replace Gordon Beckham with Omar Vizquel on Thursday. Even Mark Teahen, playing in his third consecutive game for a struggling Brent Morel, got into the act with two walks and two runs scored while playing solid defense at third.

Key stats: The White Sox scored in the first inning for the first time since April 10. The White Sox also had a double-digit hit total for the first time since April 8. They had double digit hits in six of their first seven games and then none until Thursday.

Up next: White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (1-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Tigers will go with Justin Verlander (1-2, 3.41) in the 6:05 p.m. start.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.292 29 74 51
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 74
RJ. Abreu 51
OPSJ. Abreu .961
WC. Sale 9
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOJ. Quintana 115