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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Sox 8, Brewers 6

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.

How it happened: A day after not getting a runner past first base in 10 innings, the White Sox’s offense was rolling against the Brewers on Saturday. Dayan Viciedo, who was hitting .132 in June, led the way for the White Sox. He had three hits, a home run and four RBIs. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham also had three hits in the win. The White Sox broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning when Rios drove in Beckham. White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod allowed six hits, five runs, four earned runs, hit two batters and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings. The White Sox used five relief pitchers. Jesse Crain picked up the win, and Addison Reed recorded his ninth save.

What it means: The White Sox evened the series with the Brewers and head into Sunday with a chance to win their first series since early June. The White Sox have dropped their last five series. They also haven’t won back-to-back games since May 30-June 1. The White Sox moved within half a game of the Cleveland Indians for the American League Central lead.

Outside the box: Adam Dunn struck out three times Saturday and increased his major-league lead to 114 strikeouts in 71 games this season. Dunn has 13 strikeouts in his last six games. He’s projected to have 260 strikeouts if he were to play 162 games. Mark Reynolds owns baseball’s single-season strikeout record with 223 in 2009.

Play of the game: White Sox center fielder Brent Lillibridge chased down a shot to deep center, leaped for the ball, caught it, collided with the wall and was knocked to the ground in the fifth inning. He held on to the ball for the out.

Up next: Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.53) will start for the White Sox on Sunday, and the Brewers will counter with Michael Fiers (2-2, 3.46) in the series finale.