- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- The Chicago White Sox broke out of their offensive slump and once again received a great pitching performance as they defeated the New York Mets 6-3 on Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams split the two-game set.
How it happened: After being held to two runs spanning 21 innings in their previous two games, Chicago's offense finally had a good showing. The White Sox scored four runs in the first three innings and tied their season high with 13 hits. It helped that they faced Jeremy Hefner -- who came into the game winless -- after seeing James Shields and Matt Harvey the previous two outings.
What it means: The White Sox starters continue to give the team’s beleaguered bats chances to win with solid pitching. Jake Peavy, who hadn't started since April 26 due to back spasms, showed no rust as he mowed down the Mets. He struck out six and gave up just three hits and one run in 6⅔ innings, with the lone run coming on a Lucas Duda homer in the second. He threw 114 pitches. Chicago starters have now tossed 14 quality starts in their last 19 games.
Outside the box: After hitting just nine home runs in 131 games last year, White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza entered Wednesday with five to date this season. Talking with the media before the game, he said he doesn't set out to hit homers but just tries to put the ball in play. Leading off the game Wednesday, he smacked his sixth homer, giving the team a needed boost. He's on pace for more than 30. De Aza went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Offbeat: In the third inning, the White Sox had four straight hits: singles by De Aza and Alexei Ramirez; a run-scoring double by Alex Rios; and a two-run double by Conor Gillaspie. Those four hits are the most the White Sox have strung together consecutively in an inning this season.
Up next: Chicago has an off day and will return home for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Dylan Axelrod (0-2, 3.60 ERA) will oppose Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.86) at 7:10 p.m. CT on Friday.