Quintana pitches Sox past Twins

Quintana pitches Sox past Twins

August 16, 2013, 10:15 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Quintana was strong yet again and the White Sox rediscovered the long ball on Friday night.

Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn homered and Quintana delivered 6 2/3 well-pitched innings as the White Sox snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Dayan Viciedo also singled in two runs in his return to the lineup as the White Sox won for the first time away from U.S. Cellular Field since July 13 in Philadelphia.

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Quintana pitched out of key trouble spot in the third inning and didn’t look back as he finished with seven strikeouts.

“Q was good,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He used a lot of pitches. You had a lot of guys fouling off a lot of pitches. He had the one at-bat with (Ryan) Doumit that lasted what a normal inning would last. He kind of gutted it out and went extra long for us tonight.”

Holding a 4-1 lead, the left-hander ended a 12-pitch, bases-loaded showdown with Doumit with a strikeout as he threw an offspeed pitch on a full count and got a called third strike. Ventura said it was a “gutsy” pitch from a “gutsy kid.” The left-hander then retired 11 of the final 14 batters he faced.

Quintana (7-4) allowed two earned runs and six hits and he walked two batters.

“(Doumit) just kept fouling everything off,” Quintana said through a translator. “Finally I was able to get him off. But it was a tough out, and luckily I got out of it in a good way.”

Viciedo made only his third start since he bruised his left thumb diving for a ball on Aug. 5. He made his presence felt in his first at-bat with a two-out, two-run single to center to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead.

Keppinger hit a solo homer off Twins starter Kevin Correia (8-9) with one out in the third inning and one batter later Dunn made it 4-1 with his 28th homer, a solo shot to right field.

Keppinger’s homer was the team’s first since Dunn recorded the feat in the ninth inning of a loss on Sunday. Of the team’s previous 34 hits, 33 were singles. The White Sox had a stretch of 27 straight singles until Paul Konerko doubled late in Thursday’s loss.

Keppinger and Dunn each finished with two hits for the White Sox.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 29th save in 34 tries.

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie left Friday’s game with a bruised hand he sustained when Minnesota’s Wilkin Ramirez tripled and slid into third.