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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Sox 1, Brewers 0

By Chris Silva



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 1-0 10-inning win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field:

How it happened: Eduardo Escobar won the game with a pinch hit off of reliever Manny Parra in the 10th inning, scoring Alejandro De Aza from second base. Reliever Brian Bruney earned the win in his first relief appearance. Starting pitchers Jose Quintana and Michael Fiers were both masterful and took shutouts into the eighth, although neither of their outings amounted to a decision. Quintana threw eight innings, allowing six hits and striking out four. He’s now pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings and has faced 97 straight batters without issuing a walk, which is the longest active streak in baseball. Meanwhile, Fiers gave up five hits and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings. Both teams had their shot late in the game to get on the scoreboard. In the eighth, both Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn struck out with runners in scoring position. In the ninth, the Brewers failed to score with runners on second and third.

What it means: The White Sox have now won consecutive games for the first time since their nine-game win streak from May 23 through June 1. The win also marked the Sox’s first series victory since June 1-3 against Seattle.

Outside the box: Manager Robin Ventura wouldn’t commit to Dylan Axelrod making his second straight start on Thursday at the New York Yankees, saying, “I don’t know. We haven’t gotten to there yet. I would imagine he’s the guy.” Axelrod allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday’s 8-6 win over Milwaukee.

Up next: Right hander Jake Peavy (6-3) will take the mound to begin a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, opposing left hander Francisco Liriano (1-7).Game time is 7:05 CT.