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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Giants 6

6/18/2014

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox finished off a two-game series sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 7-6 victory Wednesday.

How it happened: Jose Abreu got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the first inning, his 20th of the season. Slumping Tyler Flowers emerged with a two-run single in the fourth, and Adam Dunn hit a three-run home run in the fifth. Chris Sale gave up three runs on eight hits over six-plus innings. He was allowed to start the seventh inning on 101 pitches, but was removed when he put the first two runners on base. The Giants rallied off the White Sox's bullpen, but Ronald Belisario closed it out with a five-out save.

What it means: Beating the National league West-leading Giants had to feel good coming off a series where the White Sox were swept by the Kansas City Royals. But the Giants have been reeling of late, having lost eight of their last nine. The White Sox’s ability to score in bunches against the Giants might show just how well the Royals were playing on their visit to the South Side. Kansas City’s win streak is now at 10 games.

Outside the box: Both White Sox home runs were milestones. Abreu became the third-fastest rookie to hit 20 home runs in major league history, behind Wally Berger and Mark McGwire. He was also the third fastest to 20 home runs in White Sox history (regardless of year), behind Frank Thomas and Jim Thome. Dunn’s home run was the 452nd of his career, tying him with Carl Yastrzemski for 35th all-time.

Off beat: Conor Gillaspie said that playing against the organization that traded him two years ago to the White Sox did not give him an extra spring in his step, but he sure looked to be on his game. He had a double among his two hits Wednesday after collecting two hits with a run scored Tuesday. At the start of spring training last year, Gillaspie was traded for pitcher Jeff Soptic, who has a 5.71 ERA in 52 outings at Single-A San Jose since joining the Giants organization.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98 ERA) to the mound Thursday against Minnesota in the opener of a four-game series. The Twins will counter with right-hander Yohan Pino, who will be making his major league debut, in the 7:10 p.m. CST start at Target Field.