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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Marlins 3

5/26/2013

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox won for the fifth time in six tries on the homestand, finishing off the Miami Marlins on Sunday with a 5-3 victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Dylan Axelrod did just enough over 5 1/3 innings, while Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza each delivered a pair of RBIs in the early going. Dunn drove in his runs on a two-run home run after entering the game on a 1-for-21 slide. His only two hits on the homestand have been home runs. De Aza drove in his runs on a double to center field in the second inning. Alex Rios added a late RBI single while extending his hitting streak to 19 games. After starting the season 0-3 over his first seven starts, Axelrod has won each of his past three outings. Addison Reed picked up his 17th save in his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance.

WHAT IT MEANS: They weren’t exactly dominating victories against the worst team in baseball, but they were victories nonetheless as the White Sox finished off their first series sweep of the season. On Friday and Saturday Chicago escaped with walk-off victories. Sunday's victory was a shade more comfortable. The White Sox are now 3-0 in a portion of the schedule where just one opponent (the Oakland Athletics) is above .500 over the next 32 games.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: White Sox starters are now a combined 32-22 with a 2.91 ERA all-time during interleague play. For Axelrod, it was his first career victory over a National League team. The remainder of the current rotation is all over .500 in interleague games, although Jose Quintana and Chris Sale are just 1-0. Quintana has a 0.42 ERA over 21 1/3 innings. Jake Peavy has the most interleague victories with 16.

OFF BEAT: There was plenty of action at the plate as Dayan Viciedo threw out a runner at home in the second inning and Alex Rios threw one out in the sixth inning. Viciedo had a chance to nail a second runner at the plate in the second, but his throw was wide. Catcher Hector Gimenez took a hard hit to the shoulder when he tagged out Chris Coghlan in the second inning, and blocked Marcell Ozuna from scoring in the sixth. Paul Konerko was thrown out at home in the third inning.

UP NEXT: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48 ERA) to the mound in the opener of a crosstown series with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25) in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.