Rios ties AL record with 6 hits in Sox’ 11-4 win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 9, 2013 11:15PM
DETROIT – Alex Rios became the fifth player in White Sox history to collect six hits in a game, and the Sox banged out a season-high 23 hits against against Justin Verlander and the Tigers bullpen in an 11-4 victory on Tuesday night.
No one saw this coming. Rios went into the game hitting .170 over his last 47 at-bats, the Sox went into it having lost four in a row and 10 of 12 and facing a pitcher who was 12-1 against them in his last 13 decisions. The Sox had lost their last seven at Comerica Park.
Rios had a triple and five singles, the last one aided by a favorable official scorer’s call on a grounder past Prince Fielder. Rios is the first player to get four hits against Verlander, and according to Elias, he was the fourth in major league history to get six hits and two stolen bases in a game and the third to go 6-for-6 with two stolen bases.
“He’s as good as anyone in the league,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “Tonight was indicative of that. He was hitting, running the bases great.’’
Rios did nothing to lower his stock should the Sox trade him before the July 31 deadline. Ventura suggested the trade talk might have something to do with his recent slump.
“I don’t know how to describe it but it’s fun to get six hits,’’ Rios said, “and if you feel like you’re making progress it’s even better.
“It is fun. It’s been the most fun we’ve had in a quite a while. We’ve had some tough times but it shows we haven’t quit.’’
Before scoring seven in the eighth, the Sox and Jose Quintana (4-2) were tied at 1. Adam Dunn broke the tie with a two-run homer against Verlander (9-6), and three batters later Dayan Viciedo hit his second homer of the night – a three-run opposite field shot against Al Alburquerque. Dunn (24 homers, 60 RBI) added an RBI single his second time up in the inning.
Six Sox have had six hits in a nine-inning game, most recently Lance Johnson in 1995 against the Twins. Rios raised his average from .267 to .281.