Sox end streak with rare offensive outburst

August, 6, 2013
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Jose QuintanaJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesJose Quintana allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings on Monday to earn his fifth win.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox stopped their 10-game losing streak with an unexpected offensive outburst in an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday.

The Sox, who averaged 1.8 runs per game during the losing streak, scored seven runs off of veteran Andy Pettitte in just three innings, more than enough for starting pitcher Jose Quintana to get the victory.

"It all starts with pitching and (Quintana) was sharp," manager Robin Ventura said. "Offensively it was one of those games where it just clicked. You get some balls that just fall in. I can't remember too many that just fell into the outfield for us (during the losing streak), especially with guys on base. This is one of those that relieves the psyche of not having driven in runs. It was just a night when guys were swinging it on offense."

Going back to July 13, the Sox, who have the second-worst record in baseball at 41-69, had lost 16 of 19.

Before the game Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn took the blame for the losing streak and disappointing season. But the players are responsible for most of the losing despite the starting pitchers having the fourth-lowest ERA in the American League (3.87).

"We really do win as a team and lose as a team," said Quintana, who lowered his ERA to 3.51 and improving to 6-3 with one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. "Our hitters are always trying to do well. That is one thing a pitcher does not control. I concentrate on pitching as well as I can. The rest I don't control."

Alex Rios, who had been rumored to be on the trading block before the deadline, drove in four runs.

"We were due to play a game like this," Rios said. "It had been awhile since we swung the bats so well. It was one of those days where everything goes good for you and everyone has good at-bats putting the bat on the ball."

The White Sox are 10-10 against the American League East, their best winning percentage against any division. The Sox had not lost 10 straight since 1976.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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BA LEADER
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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIJ. Abreu 107
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OPSJ. Abreu .964
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ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208