Four Bronx homers keep White Sox rolling

Four Bronx homers keep White Sox rolling

Four Bronx homers keep White Sox rolling
NEW YORK -- The White Sox 14-7 victory over the Yankees before 44,265 at steamy Yankee Stadium on Friday looked more like the final from a Bears-Jets game played at Soldier Field in wintry mid-December.

Instead, this was a drubbing of significant proportions administered by the White Sox (42-35).

It got so bad for the Yankees (46-30) that they removed reliever Cory Wade when he hit the 58-pitch mark during a four-run ninth and replaced him with Dewayne Wise. Yes, the same Wise who made one of the most famous catches in White Sox history and in the history of perfect games to preserve Mark Buehrle's 2009 masterpiece against the Rays.

Wise retired Paul Konerko on a fly ball to center and got Alex Rios to ground out, making the outfielder pretty much the Yankees' most efficient pitcher of the night. Against the other four New York hurlers, the White Sox pounded out 19 hits and four home runs.

Everyone but Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Escobar, who held down the two-spot in the order with Youkilis leaving in the fifth due to stomach discomfort, finished with at least one hit. Alexei Ramirez matched a career high with four hits, while Gordon Beckham, A.J. Pierzynski and Konerko finished with three apiece.

"They just had 21 hits in Minnesota the other night, I believe, too, so this is a club that can really hit," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of the White Sox, who earned a fourth straight win. "They hit the ball out of the ballpark. I wouldn't be too quick to form a judgment [on the Yankees' pitchers]."

"We scrapped a little bit and got a couple of runs when we needed them," Beckham said. "The Yankees can score a lot of runs. They have a lot of talent. It was good to be able to keep putting runs up."

All of these runs came in support of rookie Jose Quintana (3-1), who had his worst professional appearance statistically. The Yankees scored four in the first inning on Curtis Granderson's two-run homer and Andruw Jones' two-run double, but that lead held up only until the top of the second, when the White Sox scored four off Adam Warren, making his Major League debut.

Quintana saw his streak of consecutive scoreless innings end at 16 in the first and his streak of consecutive batters without issuing a walk come to a close at 100 during that opening frame. The lefty gave up two more runs on Jayson Nix's fourth-inning double but otherwise settled down with the composure of a veteran after the rough start.

"That's a good win, because it didn't start off the way I wanted," Quintana said through translator and White Sox manager of cultural relations Jackson Miranda. "The biggest thing is I battled, and once I saw the guys were hitting balls and trying to get me support, that gave me more energy to go out there."

"He probably didn't have his best stuff, and they are good hitters," said Konerko of Quintana. "He battled in there and got through six. In a way, it was kind of a great outing. You get four runs right off the bat, and it's tough to make it that many innings."

Pierzynski opened the White Sox scoring with a solo home run to start the second-inning outburst. He added a run-scoring infield single in the third, following Konerko's 14th homer, and gave the White Sox a 7-6 lead in the fifth with a long ball off losing pitcher David Phelps (1-3). It was a lead the White Sox would not relinquish, in raising their division lead to 3 1/2 games over the Indians, marking their biggest AL Central advantage since they held a 3 1/2-game bulge on July 20, 2010.

Ramirez chipped in a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him two for the year and marking the first time he cleared the fences since April 14. Then, the White Sox put away this victory in the ninth and brought Wise to the mound.

"Yeah, we all knew since we played with him that he was a great pitcher; it's no surprise to us," said a sarcastic Beckham of his friend and former teammate. "But that's always tough."

"You just kind of get through it," said manager Robin Ventura of a position player hitting against another position player. "You want to hit something. As long as they don't strike out, it's all right."

Entering this start, Quintana had received an average of 0.96 runs of support per game in June, the second-lowest rate in the Majors during the month. So it seemed like poetic justice that the most runs scored at Yankee Stadium by the White Sox since a 14-2 win on Aug. 3, 1982, came with Quintana on the mound and with the left-hander having a rare rough night.

"Every time we go out there, he's out there pitching his butt off and we weren't able to get him a win," said Beckham of Quintana, who, in his last two starts, left with a 1-0 lead in the ninth against the Dodgers and during a scoreless tie in the ninth against the Brewers. "You know what? The guy deserves this win. The one time he scuffled a little bit, we were able to get enough runs to give him that win."

"Not every day is going to be a good day; today was one of those," Quintana said. "My biggest thing was to continue to battle to get this win."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.