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White Sox 11, Tigers 4: First meeting goes well

Alex Rios goes 6-for-6 and Dayan Viciedo homers twice to take season series opener

So many high fives
So many high fives
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When Jose Quintana gave up a solo homer to Matt Tuiasosopo for the game's first run in the fifth inning, it seemed like a margin the White Sox might not make up -- especially with Justin Verlander on the mound.

When Dayan Viciedo answered the solo shot with one of his own off Verlander in the top of the sixth inning, the previous three months suggested Quintana might be able to escape with his eighth straight no-decision.

Instead, the events of the last two innings made this game into a night that forces one to reconsider the possibilities of a 2013 Chicago White Sox game.

Over the last two innings:

  1. The Sox added four runs onto Verlander's tab, including two on a line-shot home run by Adam Dunn. He faced four batters, and didn't retire a single one.
  2. Alex Rios picked up his fourth, fifth and sixth hits of the night, becoming just the fifth White Sox to collect a half-dozen hits in one game since 1916.
  3. Dayan Viciedo hit his second homer of the night, after hitting just one homer over his previous 44 games.
  4. The White Sox collected 15 hits, which would be tied for their fourth-highest single-game hit total of the season if it weren't part of a 23-hit attack overall. (The Sox reached 17 hits twice).
  5. The White Sox scored 10 runs -- which would be tied for the highest run output this season with two other games.

Yes, in the first game against the Detroit Tigers this season, the White Sox finally reached 11 runs, and Quintana finally earned a victory. He deserved it, busting hitters inside on either side of the plate, and generally making easy work of a formidable Detroit lineup. He did give up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera in his final inning of work (a hanging 1-2 slider), but if there's ever a good time to get too cute, a seven-run lead in the eighth inning is probably among the best.

If White Sox starters can hang in there until the offense reaches the Tiger bullpen, they too might get to enjoy the spoils of a comfortable lead.

Bullet points:

  • It was good night for the A-Team -- along with Rios' six-pack, Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez and Dunn had three hits apiece.
  • Of course, Josh Phegley was the only one who failed to hit safely, going 0-for-5. He also allowed two passed balls, one on a cross-up.
  • Simon Castro gave up a solo shot to Don Kelly in the ninth to tarnish his ERA.
  • Only the 1923, 1947 and 2001 White Sox took longer to get to 11 runs.

Record: 35-52 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights