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Quentin HR lifts White Sox over Rangers

Jun 4, 2010 - 4:09 AM CHICAGO(AP) -- Three innings after getting booed, Carlos Quentin made White Sox fans love him again.

Quentin hit a two-run homer in the seventh Thursday night, atoning for an error that led to a Texas run, and Chicago rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

Quentin was in a 4-for-31 slump that had dropped his average to .205 before he sent Colby Lewis' pitch over the right-field fence. As Quentin rounded first base, he pumped his fist and screamed. When he got into the dugout, he celebrated intensely with his teammates.

"He was pumped up, and he was ripping some guys' arms off (with high-fives)," captain Paul Konerko said. "He's an emotional guy. He felt terrible after dropping that ball. It was definitely a redeemer."

Lewis (4-4) was in command for six innings but needed only three pitches in the seventh to blow a 3-2 lead. After A.J. Pierzynski doubled on the first pitch, Quentin sent Lewis' 1-0 delivery just over the right-field fence as 20,003 fans cheered.

There was a different sound at U.S. Cellular Field three innings earlier, when Quentin dropped David Murphy's routine fly for a two-base error. Justin Smoak followed with a single off Freddy Garcia to make it 1-1.

"This is a funny game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Carlos made (a great) play last night. He dropped one today and gets booed. Welcome to Chicago."

Several teammates encouraged Quentin in the dugout after his error.

"That meant a lot to me that they cared enough to go out of their way to help me out," he said. "Freddy deserved that win. You can't say enough about what Freddy's been able to do."

Garcia (5-3), a 2005 postseason hero for the White Sox, was supposed to be the weak link in Chicago's rotation. But he leads the team with five wins and has had only two bad starts.

The 33-year-old right-hander allowed three runs (two earned), seven hits and one walk in seven innings before Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks each worked an inning of scoreless relief. Garcia is healthy again after missing most of three seasons with arm problems.

"That's Freddy," Konerko said. "He kind of just hangs around and then you look up and he's made a lot of good starts for you. He's got guts and he just knows how to pitch."

Texas, which scored 18 runs in winning the first two games of the series, had trouble making solid contact this time. Middle-of-the-order hitters Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Murphy combined to go 0-for-12.

"You always look back where you might have had some opportunities to get runs," manager Ron Washington said. "We let some of those get away from us early."

The Rangers have scored only 10 runs for Lewis in his last seven starts, but the pitcher didn't blame his teammates for this loss. He didn't blame himself, either.

"Pierzynski hit a good fastball down ... and I threw a good slider to Quentin," said Lewis, who allowed seven hits and had seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.

Michael Young's fifth-inning RBI double and Craig Gentry's sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Young went 7 for 13 with five RBIs in the series and is batting .419 over his last 18 games. Gentry was playing in place of injured star Vladimir Guerrero.

Alex Rios and Andruw Jones also homered for Chicago. Jones has 398 home runs, tying him with Dale Murphy for 48th on the career list. It was his 10th this year but first in 58 at-bats since May 5.

NOTES: Guerrero, hit by a ball during batting practice Wednesday, didn't play for a second straight night due to swelling around his left eye. "He could have played, but the way people pitch him tight, I didn't want to risk him getting hurt," Washington said. "I need Vlad beyond June 3. He's too big a weapon for us." Guerrero is batting .335 with 12 HRs and 44 RBIs. ... White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham, one of baseball's top rookies last year but a .200 hitter this season, didn't play. Asked if he simply was giving Beckham a night off, Guillen said: "So far. I didn't say I'm going to bench him. I'm just saying if someone performs better than him, I have no choice. I need to win some games." Beckham's replacement, Jayson Nix, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. ... The White Sox said 3B Mark Teahen, who had a pin inserted into his broken right middle finger Thursday, will miss at least six weeks. Guillen said 43-year-old Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, will be the main 3B for now.








  • White Sox 4, Rangers 3 - FINAL
    TEXAS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    E Andrus ss 5 0 1 0 0 2 2 .304
    M Young 3b 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .329
    I Kinsler 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .265
    J Hamilton dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .291
    D Murphy rf 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 .263
    J Smoak 1b 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .189
    M Tre

    Jun 3 10:38 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS QUENTIN (7) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF COLBY LEWIS SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, CHI WHITE SOX 4
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A RAMIREZ (.244, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 3, White Sox 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 3 9:57 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 14 roots (Close Finish)

    Rangers 3, White Sox 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 3 9:57 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Rangers 3, White Sox 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 3 9:54 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (12) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF COLBY LEWIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, CHI WHITE SOX 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.273, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 3, White Sox 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 3 9:45 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CRAIG GENTRY SCORED JUSTIN SMOAK
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TREANOR ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J BORBON (.236, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers 3, White Sox 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 3 9:39 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED CRAIG GENTRY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON SECOND, E ANDRUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.270, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 2, White Sox 1  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 3 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN SMOAK SCORED DAVID MURPHY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SMOAK ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TREANOR (.219, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers 1, White Sox 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 3 9:03 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDRUW JONES (10) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF COLBY LEWIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0, CHI WHITE SOX 1
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.217, 2 HR, 14 RBI)

    Rangers 0, White Sox 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 3 8:31 PM