Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Indians 2
April, 24, 2013
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday:
How it happened: The Sox grabbed a lead in the first inning off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister when Alejandro De Aza walked, stole second and scored on a Jeff Keppinger base hit. Alex Rios hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, his sixth of the season, to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. White Sox starter Jose Quintana ran his streak of scoreless innings to 18 2/3. He shut out the Indians on two hits through five innings. But Quintana failed to retire a hitter in the sixth inning, leaving the contest after Northbrook product Jason Kipnis singled home Drew Stubbs. Michael Brantley scored the second run of the inning on Mark Reynolds' sacrifice fly. The bullpen threw four shutout innings to preserve the win for Quintana.
What it means: Quintana won his second game of the season. The White Sox had lost four straight and 10 of 13 entering play Wednesday. They are last in the American League with runners in scoring position (17-for-104, .163 batting average going into the game). Manager Robin Ventura said he would consider dropping hitters in the order or try others if the slump continues. Rios broke an 0-for-13 streak with his fifth-inning home run.
Outside the box: Eighteen of the Sox's first 20 games have been decided by three runs or fewer. They are 5-6 in one-run games.
Next: The Sox open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. CT Thursday when Chris Sale (1-2, 4.50 ERA) opposes Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 3.55).