White Sox finally support Quintana in rout of Tigers

White Sox finally support Quintana in rout of Tigers
July 9, 2013, 9:15 pm
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DETROIT -- Jose Quintana finally got the run support he needed.

And then some.

Quintana won for the first time in almost two months on Tuesday night. He only had to out-pitch White Sox slayer Justin Verlander to do so. The season-best showing by his offense didn’t hurt, either.

The White Sox exploded for 10 runs late in an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in front of 37,113 at Comerica Park as Quintana won for the first time since May 21.

Alex Rios tied a franchise and American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game, Adam Dunn had a home run and drove in three runs, and Dayan Viciedo homered twice to help Quintana (4-2) snap a nine-start winless streak.

The White Sox finished with a season-high 23 hits to beat Verlander for the first time since July 15, 2011.

“It’s been the most fun we’ve had in a quite a while,” Rios said.

Rios ended his slumping ways with a huge night against Verlander (9-7).

He helped to break open a game tied at 1 in the eighth inning with a leadoff single -- one of his three hits in the final two innings.

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Rios, who had two RBI and raised his average from .267 to .281, moved into scoring position when he stole second base for a second time. Dunn then worked the count full and stunned the crowd when he hit a frozen rope over the right-field fence for his 24th homer to put the White Sox ahead, 3-1.

Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie followed with singles to knock Verlander out of the game. Verlander, who had won 12 of his last 13 decisions against the White Sox, allowed a season-worst 12 hits.

Viciedo then greeted reliever Al Alburquerque with a three-run homer to right to make it 6-1. Viciedo also homered to deep left in the sixth inning off Verlander to tie the score at 1. It was the first multi-homer game of Viciedo’s career.

Rios -- the first player to ever have four hits off Verlander -- and Dunn singled in runs to extend the lead to 8-1.

“You end up having one of those innings,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We haven’t had one of those all year.”

The phenomenon extended to the ninth inning as Alexei Ramirez, Rios and Keppinger all singled in runs. The White Sox finished with 19 singles and their most hits since May 25, 2009. Though the White Sox were happy to break through against Verlander, Dunn was happier for Quintana.

“He’s pitched so good for us, and we just haven’t been able to score runs,” Dunn said. “We haven’t scored runs for all of our pitchers, but for him and Sale for sure. It was good to just get a win and get a win for him.”

Five days after he was shorted a victory in an 11-strikeout performance against the Baltimore Orioles, Quintana was nearly as good against a potent Tigers lineup.

He fell behind 1-0 in the fifth when Matt Tuiasosopo hit a solo homer to left.

But Quintana was otherwise efficient as he retired the side in order in the first, third and seventh innings.

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Quintana effectively handled the Tigers' top four hitters, a group that includes three All-Stars, including reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

Until Cabrera’s two-run homer in the eighth inning, Quintana had kept the group quiet. They finished 2-for-15 with a walk as Quintana allowed three earned runs and six hits over eight innings. Quintana struck out seven.

The left-hander was so excited to give his team a chance at victory, he answered the final question of his postgame interview session without assistance from the team’s translator.

“I (was) happy for that you know,” Quintana said. “Seven runs (in) one inning is good.”