Melky's pinch-hit single sparks big rally in win

Melky's pinch-hit single sparks big rally in win

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for eight runs in the eighth and claimed a 9-3 victory over the Padres Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field, giving them the series win and a second straight victory after six consecutive losses. They scored those eight runs on four hits, while benefitting from five walks and a hit batsman.

"We gave one away today. It was a painful loss," Padres manager Andy Green said.

"Guys showed a lot of patience and controlled the zone," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We were able to take advantage of it, in a big way."

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The Padres were staked to an early lead on Hunter Renfroe's three-run homer in the 7th, breaking up what was otherwise a strong start from Jose Quintana.

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However, trouble brewed in the eighth. Trailing 3-1, Padres reliever Ryan Buchter walked Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu with one out. The bases were loaded on an error by Luis Sardinas off a routine Avisail Garcia ground out. Buchter walked Todd Frazier to force in a run, followed by Melky Cabrera pinch-hitting for Matt Davidson and singling home two runs off closer Brandon Maurer, giving the team a 4-3 advantage. They added another run when Tyler Saladino popped up a bunt to first baseman Wil Myers, but Frazier went back to third and tagged up and then raced home when nobody looked him back. More >

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"It was just a good read by Frazier right there," Myers said. "I felt like I could have been more aware of what was going on and make sure I checked him instead of turning my back to him."

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"You just read what's going on, and you take a chance," Frazier said. "I thought it was a good chance to take there. We scored, we were up two runs already with our closer coming in."

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Jered Weaver once again dominated the White Sox, even though he entered the contest with a 0-4 mark and a 6.81 ERA. The White Sox had lost eight straight games started by Weaver before Sunday. More >

Weaver fires six strong innings

Weaver allowed one run in the first inning but that was all the White Sox could produce, as Weaver yielded five hits in six innings and 89 pitches. Quintana finished with a no-decision, yielding three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking four. 

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Momentary advantage: Renfroe's three-run home run in the seventh marked his sixth of the season and first since April 26, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead. He homered into the San Diego bullpen after Yangervis Solarte walked and Austin Hedges singled with no outs.

Off the ropes early: Singles from Leury Garcia and Sanchez, who both were using pink bats Sunday, and Abreu getting hit by a pitch left the White Sox with a bases loaded, nobody out situation in the first against Weaver. But in three pitches, the inning was over and the White Sox scored only one run. Garcia hit into a double play on a 1-0 pitch and Frazier grounded out on the next pitch after the double play.

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QUOTABLE
"Walks and defensive breakdowns. It's one of the ugliest half innings I've ever seen in baseball, especially at the Major League level. There's no excuse for so many things that happened out there that inning. Walks are going to happen from time to time, our pitchers are out there battling, but you couple that with the way we played defense. Yeah, it was disgusting baseball." -- Green, about the eight-run eighth inning

"Carelessness, shortsightedness, not paying attention to the situation, not getting time out, not recognizing where runners are on the baseball field. No excuse in it. It's a Major League baseball field. This isn't Little League." -- Green, about Frazier scoring from third on the bunt popup to first in the eighth inning

"I tried to go away so I missed the spot. That's what happens when you miss the spot." -- Quintana on Renfroe's homer, pointing to an issue with fastball command this season

NEITHER A WIN NOR A LOSS
Quintana picked up his 60th no-decision in Sunday's contest, the most in the Major Leagues since 2012. He is 2-1 with 2.76 ERA over his last four starts, after going 0-4 with a 6.17 ERA in his first four.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Green challenged Frazier's tag when Myers was called out at third as he tried to advance from first on Hedges' single over right fielder Garcia in the fourth inning on a routine fly ball that Garcia overran. After a review, the call stood. San Diego lost its challenge, and Myers was out on the 8-6-5 play.

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WHAT'S NEXT
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.13 ERA) will try for his first victory in his sixth start as San Diego opens a four-game home series against Milwaukee on Monday. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT.

White Sox: Mike Pelfrey (0-3, 5.21 ERA) goes in search of his first victory as a member of the White Sox, making his fifth start and third on the road. The right-hander is 3-3 with a lifetime 4.26 ERA against the Angels.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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