Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Braves 1
July, 21, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox finished off interleague play for the season with a 3-1 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Braves.
How it happened: Jose Quintana worked in and out of trouble to hold the Braves to just one run on nine hits over his 5 2/3 innings. The Braves loaded the bases in both the second and third innings but did not score. They had the bases loaded and nobody out in the second inning. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios had RBI singles for the White Sox, while Dayan Viciedo had a sacrifice fly to bring home a run. White Sox left fielder Casper Wells took away a game-tying home run from Reed Johnson in the eighth inning by reaching over the wall to make a catch.
What it means: The White Sox won a series against a team with a winning record for the fourth time this season. They also have series victories over the Texas Rangers (April 30-May 2), Baltimore Orioles (July 2-4) and Detroit Tigers (July 9-11).
Outside the box: The White Sox finished interleague play this season with an 8-12 record, but they did win the last two games against the Braves. They are now 171-132 all-time in interleague play, entering the day with the fourth best winning percentage against the opposite league in baseball.
Off beat: It wasn’t easy, but Quintana won for just the second time since beating the Boston Red Sox on May 21 and improved to 5-2 with a 3.61 ERA. Quintana fought off leg cramps and a number of Braves scoring chances to deliver his 87 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. This time he made limited run support work in his advantage. Quintana entered with a 4.24 run-support average since 2012, the eighth lowest mark in the American League over that time period.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85 ERA) to the mound Monday in the opener of a four-game series. The Detroit Tigers will counter with right-hander Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) in tne 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.