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Youkilis’ tie-breaking homer gives White Sox 2-1 win over Rangers

KevYoukilis White Sox connects for home run sixth inning U.S. Cellular Field Thursday July 5 2012 Chicago. | John J.

Kevin Youkilis of the White Sox connects for a home run in the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 5, 2012 4:42PM

Jose Quintana pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, and Kevin Youkilis broke a tie with a home run to give the White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon.

The Sox (45-37) completed a three-game sweep in a series matching division leaders.

With a thunderstorm refreshing a crowd that had baked in 100-degree heat, Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

The Sox have won nine of their last 12. Quintana struck out a season and career-high eight while walking one.

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