White Sox wallop Yankees with four home runs
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 29, 2012 9:50PM
Alexei Ramirez follows through on a two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday. | Bill Kostroun~AP
Updated: June 29, 2012 9:57PM
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.
A.J. Pierzynski hit two home runs and a single, Alexei Ramirez had four hits, including a double and a homer, and Paul Konerko had three hits, including a homer, as the Sox erupted for their second double-digit run total on the road trip. The Sox had 19 hits against Warren and four relievers — including former Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise for the last two outs — giving them 48 hits over their last three games.
With two games left against the American League East-leading Yankees, the Sox are guaranteed a split of their four-game series after taking two of three from the Minnesota Twins. The streaky Sox have won four in a row and six of seven after losing seven of their previous nine. They lead the Cleveland Indians by 31/2 games in the AL Central.
Quintana had pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings coming in and brought a too-good-to-last 1.25 ERA into the game. Derek Jeter led off the first with a double, Curtis Granderson followed with a homer and Andruw Jones drove in two runs with a double to put Quintana in a 4-0 hole after one inning.
After watching the Sox lineup pounce on Warren for six runs over the second and third innings, Quintana bounced back with two scoreless innings before Jayson Nix tied the score at 6 with a two-run double in the fourth.
Making his major-league debut, Warren gave back a four-run lead in the second. Pierzynski led off with a homer, Gordon Beckham doubled in two runs and Kevin Youkilis — who left the game with an upset stomach — scored Beckham with a slow roller to third.