For the first time in about two weeks, the White Sox can rest easy.
The trade rumors are long gone, and so now too is the team’s worst losing streak in more than three decades.
The White Sox knocked Andy Pettitte out of the game early and didn’t stop until they snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
Alex Rios highlighted a 14-hit attack as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs for the White Sox, who snapped their longest losing streak since 1976. Jose Quintana (6-3) earned the victory as he kept the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez, who made his 2013 -- and highly controversial -- debut, in check.
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“It has been tough and to be able to play a game like this and win the way did, it’s refreshing,” Rios said. “We were due to play a game like this. It’s been a while since we have swung the bats so well. It’s one of those days where everything goes good for you. People are having good at-bats and good swings on balls.”
The White Sox haven’t had many good days of late.
Trade talks that lingered for better part of six weeks finally have disappeared only to be replaced by other negative aspects.
Errors, in the field and on the bases, have become commonplace. When the offense shows up, the pitching disappeared and vice versa. Walkoff losses have become a norm.
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If ever a team were in a need of a distraction, it’s the White Sox.
A-Rod and the Yankees provided just the remedy.
“I would say we are probably the only team in the league that could have benefitted from this,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
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They took advantage of the circus from the outset.
Rios, who singled in one of three first-inning runs, drove in two more with a single to center in the second inning to give the White Sox a 5-0 lead.
The outfielder also forced in a run with a walk in the third inning for the White Sox, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Pettitte allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits before he was pulled from the game.
“I can’t remember too many of the ones that just fall into the outfield for us, especially with guys on,” Ventura said. “It’s one of those that relieves a lot of the psyche of not knocking guys in. Guys are swinging, they are taking ball four. It was just a good night offensively.”
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Quintana made the most of it.
As has been the case for most White Sox starters this season, support has been lacking for Quintana, who won for the third time in six starts.
The left-hander got more support Monday than he had in his previous four starts, when the White Sox scored six runs total.
He didn’t let it go to waste, either.
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Quintana allowed a run and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
“I’m very happy because we’re the winning side today,” Quintana said through a translator. “I tried to think the game was 0-0. I got good run support so that was nice today.”
Alexei Ramirez batted in the leadoff spot and went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham each had two hits for the White Sox.
The streak was the team’s longest since September 1976. Had the White Sox lost Monday, they would have matched their longest losing streak since July 1956.
Outfielder Dayan Viciedo left the game after he bruised his left thumb in the top of the first inning on a diving play in the outfield. Viciedo is listed as day-to-day after X-rays were negative.