White Sox club Yankees with four home runs in rout
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 29, 2012 11:47PM
Alexei Ramirez follows through on a two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday. | Bill Kostroun~AP
Updated: August 1, 2012 6:18AM
NEW YORK — Jose Quintana is human after all.
The White Sox lineup? You could call it inhuman for roughing up rookie Adam Warren for six runs in the first three innings of the Sox’ 14-7 victory against the New York Yankees on Friday night.
With his parents watching in the stands, Warren — a call-up for injured ace CC Sabathia and the first Yankee to make his debut as a starter in five seasons — couldn’t finish the third inning, so the timing for the rookie Quintana’s first dud couldn’t have been better.
“The guy deserves this one because every time he goes out there he pitches his butt off and we weren’t able to get him a win,’’ said Gordon Beckham, who had two doubles and a single as part of a 19-hit barrage.
“And for being down, they kept getting hits, but he didn’t give up. That was pretty special, I thought.’’
Quintana’s ERA climbed to a still-glossy 2.19 while his record improved to 3-1. He was coming off consecutive eight-inning, scoreless outings without getting a win. Against the Yankees, he allowed six runs in six innings.
“Not every day is going to be a good day,’’ Quintana said through a translator. “Today was one of those. My biggest thing was to keep on battling to get this win. Keep on pushing.’’
A.J. Pierzynski hit two home runs and a single, Alexei Ramirez had four hits, including a double and a home run, and Paul Konerko had three hits, including a home run, as the Sox erupted for their second double-digit run total on the road trip. The Sox onslaught against Warren and four relievers — including former Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise for the last two outs — gave them 48 hits over their last three games.
The Sox hadn’t scored 14 at Yankee Stadium since 1982. The 19 hits are the most since 1995.
With two games left against the AL East-leading Yankees, the Sox are guaranteed a split of their four-game series after taking two of three from the Twins. The streaky Sox have won four in a row and six of seven after losing seven of their previous nine.
The Yankees, winners in 15 of their previous 18, got going early on Curtis Granderson’s two-run homer and Andruw Jones’ two-run double in the first.
“Q didn’t have his best stuff but every pitcher in the major leagues has to learn how to pitch without his best stuff,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
“He got through it with guts and figuring it out. The offense gave him a chance to do that.’’
After watching the Sox lineup pounce on Warren for six runs over the second and third innings, Quintana bounced back with two scoreless frames before former Sox Jayson Nix tied the score at 6 with two-run double in the fourth.
“It was a good win because it was a rough start,’’ Quintana said. “I battled, and once I saw the guys were trying to give me support it gave me more energy.
Warren gave back a four-run lead in the second. Pierzynski led off with a homer, Beckham doubled in two runs and Kevin Youkilis — who left the game with an upset stomach — scored Beckham with a slow roller to third.
Ramirez’s two-run homer in the seventh gave the Sox a 10-6 lead. The Sox had nine hits from the bottom third of their lineup.
“Alexei has been swinging it good but not getting a lot of it,’’ Ventura said. “The home run for him [his second] is big, and Gordon swinging it good for us, that’s good stuff for us.’’
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and left-hander Leyson Septimo, in his major-league debut, retired Mark Teixeira and struck out Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to end the game.