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White Sox Sun Jun 06 2010

Quentin Helps Sox Finish Strong

SoxLogoSmall.jpegIt won't solve all their problems, not sitting closer to last place than first in the AL Central, but Sunday's comeback win helped the White Sox stave off a sweep by rebuilding Cleveland and forestall an immediate referendum on the hold-or-fold decisions awaiting Kenny Williams as baseball's trading season heats up.

Or you could forget all that big-picture stuff and just enjoy the moment. Celebrate the perseverance of a Sox team that kept fighting after falling behind 6-2 in the third inning; the performance of long man Tony Pena and the Chicago bullpen; and the excitement of an all-hands-on-deck rally that tied the game with three runs in the sixth and peaked when Carlos Quentin drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-RBI single in the seventh.


Mark Buehrle left after three innings, having thrown a whopping 95 pitches and allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks. It looked like more of the same for a Sox team that has won only 5 of 19 series this season, thanks in part to a starting rotation that has a league-worst 5.20 ERA.

But Jake Westbrook, Cleveland's old warhorse, wasn't much better. Chicago answered blow for blow and had the score tied at 6 when Quentin came up with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh.

The former MVP candidate took a strike and fouled off three pitches against lefty Rafael Perez before grounding a base hit up the middle, just past the dive of shortstop Jason Donald. Juan Pierre and Alex Rios scored, giving the Sox enough of a cushion to withstand an eighth-inning wobble by Matt Thornton before Bobby Jenks pitched a clean ninth for his ninth save.

CLE -- 303 000 010 -- 7 13 0
CWS -- 200 130 20X -- 8 11 0

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