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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Indians 3

5/25/2012

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

How it happened: The White Sox kept up their offensive tear. They hit three more home runs on Friday to increase their total to 17 homers in their last six games. Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski each hit a home run on Friday. White Sox starter Jose Quintana made his first major league start and allowed four hits and two runs in six innings. He was called up from the minors to replace John Danks, who went on the disabled list. Quintana pitched in long relief earlier in the season.

What it means: The White Sox gained ground on the American League Central-leading Indians with the win and are now 2 ½ games behind them. The White Sox have won seven of their last eight games and are two games over .500 for the first time since April 25.

Outside the box: Three White Sox’s players have already exceeded their home run totals from last season. Dunn has 15 homers this season after hitting 11 last year. Pierzynski has nine this season and had eight last year. Viciedo has nine this year and had one last season.

Up next: Jake Peavy (5-1, 2.39) will start for the White Sox on Saturday. Derek Lowe (6-2, 2.15) will start for the Indians. Lowe has the lowest ERA of American League starters, and Peavy ranks third.