White Sox 3, Indians 2

A year ago Jose Quintana was just trying to hang on to a spot in

Chicago’s rotation.

Now his position looks pretty secure, especially after helping

the White Sox stop a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over

the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

”He’s been pitching great,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura

said. ”Maturity-wise, he’s just getting strong as far as the

makeup of his belief that he’s a big leaguer. Last year he was just

trying to survive and it kind of felt game-to-game for a

while.”

Alex Rios hit a two-run homer, and Jeff Keppinger had two hits

and drove in a run for the White Sox, who earned a split of the

rain-shortened series. Quintana (2-0) allowed two runs and four

hits in five-plus innings and Addison Reed worked a scoreless ninth

for his sixth save.

Rios connected in the fifth, hitting a two-out drive to left on

an 0-2 pitch from Zach McAllister. Rios’ team-high sixth homer made

it 3-0.

”I’m happy about the victory, that’s the most important thing.

We needed to get that win in there and it’s a start,” Quintana

said through a translator. ”I feel like I’m learning still but I

feel like I’m a big part of this and a big part of this. I just

have to keep making the necessary adjustments necessary.”

McAllister (1-3) walked five and allowed five hits in 5 2-3

innings. Four relievers then combined for 2 1-3 innings of hitless

ball, giving the Indians a chance to rally.

”He had to dodge some traffic, especially early, Indians

manager Terry Francona said. ”But because of the use of his

fastball, he keeps guys off the scoreboard. And they almost left

with one run, he got ahead of Rios and fastball came across the

wrong part of the plate – even though it was elevated – and he ran

into it for two runs, two big runs. He kept competing and he kept

them off the board.”

Cleveland’s first three batters of the sixth got on base, with

Jason Kipnis singling in Drew Stubbs. Nate Jones then replaced

Quintana and Mark Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to cut Chicago’s

lead to 3-2.

Kipnis stole second and third, but Jones struck out Nick Swisher

and got Ryan Raburn to fly out to end the inning.

The Indians rallied for a 3-2 victory in the series opener on

Monday night. Tuesday game’s was postponed by rain and has not been

rescheduled.

Quintana ”just made pitches when he had to,” the Indians’ Ryan

Raburn said. ”We battled and battled and put guys on and we just

didn’t get that one hit to put us over the top. He pitched well, we

can’t take nothing from him. We just didn’t quite get the job

done.”

Chicago got off to a nice start when Alejandro De Aza had a

leadoff walk in the first. He stole second and came home on

Keppinger’s single to center.

The White Sox threatened again in the third, putting runners on

first and second with one out. But Keppinger popped out and Rios

grounded out to end the inning.

Quintana breezed through three perfect innings, and then worked

out of a jam in the fourth after the Indians loaded the bases.

Brantley reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on

Reynolds’ one-out double to the right-field corner. Raburn walked

to load the bases, but Mike Aviles grounded into an inning-ending

double play.

White Sox slugger Adam Dunn walked three times. He was 0 for 1

on the day and is 2 for 46 (.043) in his last 11 games.

Chicago opens a four-game series with visiting Tampa Bay on

Thursday while Cleveland is off. The Indians kick off a four-game

set Friday at Kansas City.

NOTES: The Indians activated C Lou Marson (neck strain) from the

15-day disabled list and optioned Yan Gomes to Triple-A Columbus.

Marson got the start and went 0 for 3. C Gomes ”needs to play,”

Francona said. ”For his career this is a good thing for him to do

right now,”. … Indians OF Michael Bourn is scheduled to be

examined Thursday in Cleveland and could resume baseball activities

with the removal of sutures from a right index finger laceration.

He’s scheduled to come off the disabled list on April 30.