Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios watches his grand slam home run during the third inning of an interleague baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
White Sox outfielder Alex Rios was in the doghouse Friday, but he was ``best in show’’ Saturday.
Rios, who was benched after the fifth inning Friday by manager Robin Ventura for lack of hustle, drove in five runs to help boost returning starter Jake Peavy (7-4) to a 10-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rios was 3-for-5 with a grand slam in the third inning off Braves starter Paul Maholm (9-9), who left the game in the fourth with a sprained left wrist. The slam gave the Sox and Peavy a lead they would never relinguish.
It was Rios’ third career grand slam but his first homer since June 9, a span of 120 at bats. It also was the second slam by a Sox player this season, the other by rookie catcher Josh Phegley.
Rios’ rebound from a bad day Friday was one of two for the Sox. The other was Peavy’s return from the disabled list and a fractured rib.
The righthander who last pitched June 4 against Seattle worked six innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, but only two earned runs, giving him a quality start. He walked none and struck out three.
The first hit off Peavy was Dan Uggla’s two-run homer in the second. It came after Freddie Freeman reached on an error by third baseman Brent Morel, then was forced by Evan Gattis. Gattis was on base for Uggla’s 19th homer of the season, but both runs were considered unearned. They tallied two more runs in the third on three singles.
The last Braves runs scored in the eighth off relievers Ramon Troncoso and Donnie Veal, who gave up a two-run homer to Freeman.
Rookie catcher Phegley had another good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI single. Alejandro De Aza also went 4-for-5.
The Sox collected 13 hits off Braves pitching.
Matt Lindstrom worked after Peavy, both pitchers being studied by more than a half dozen scouts at the game. Rios is considered a trade candidate as well.