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Monday, May 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Indians 2

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The White Sox opened a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Monday with a 6-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: Conor Gillaspie had three doubles among his four hits, and Dayan Viciedo hit a big three-run home run in the third inning. Gillaspie now has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games. For Viciedo it was his fifth home run and fourth since May 4. Jose Quintana gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to pick up his third victory of the season. Scott Downs recorded his first save.

What it means: This winter the White Sox traded for power potential at third base by bringing aboard Matt Davidson. Gillaspie has had something to say about that with an impressive opening two months to the season. Gillaspie has his batting average up to .352 and if he had enough at-bats to qualify he would easily be leading the American League in that department. He has a hit in all 12 games against AL Central foes this year and is batting .465 (20-for-43) in those games.

Outside the box: The White Sox didn’t open the floodgates, but Quintana must have felt like it with the moderate run support. Since 2012, the 4.16 runs-per-game average that Quintana is getting is second lowest in the American League. In his 66 career starts he has received either one or no runs of support a combined 25 times. It’s probably no surprise that his 31 no-decisions since 2012 are the most of any major league pitcher.

Off beat: Perhaps the warmer weather is enticing an angry streak. Two days after manager Robin Ventura was ejected for arguing, catcher Tyler Flowers got the boot from home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa for disputing a called third strike. The ejections for Ventura and Flowers are the first two for the White Sox this season. Flowers’ ejection was the first one of his career.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89) ERA to the mound Tuesday against Cleveland in the middle game of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.