CHICAGO -- Alex Rios doesn't necessarily have a flare for the dramatic, but his two-run homer in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game proved to be just enough for the White Sox to finally break a four-game losing streak.
Rios' sixth homer of the year off losing Indians starter Zach McAllister (1-3) gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead at the time and they held on for a 3-2 win over the visiting Cleveland Indians.
"I knew I wasn't swinging the bat so well (earlier)," Rios said. "He probably didn't want to throw me any off-speed pitches because I was behind on some pitches. It happened that I put a good swing on it and got the head out and the good result came."
Over the last four games, White Sox manager Robin Ventura has admitted growing concerned over the worst slump his team has endured since he became skipper prior to last season.
But, Ventura also said that it would take small steps to not only turn things around but also to begin moving forward in a positive direction.
Those first few small steps came Wednesday.
"You want the team as a whole to do well and do what they're supposed to do," Rios said. "It's a matter of time for us to get linked, all of us linked, and start doing what we know how to do, like last year. I believe that we're going to be fine."
Even though the White Sox continued to struggle at the plate (just five hits) and on the bases (seven runners stranded), a win is a win and the White Sox try to build on it from there.
"It's tough when the whole group is (struggling)," Ventura said. "Usually, it's only two or three guys that probably struggle at any time, but when it's a group and you're not getting it done consistently, it's tough on everybody.
"Eventually, it moves on and you just keep playing. I guess that's why we have so many games. You just have to be patient and wait for it."
While Rios' homer was the deciding factor, much of the credit also goes to winning White Sox starter Jose Quintana (2-0). The hard-throwing lefty scattered two runs on just four hits in five innings, walking three and striking out two to help Chicago (8-12) post just its fourth win in the last 14 games.
"I was happy about the victory," Quintana said through a translator. "That's the most important thing. We needed to get that win in there and it's just a start, to keep us going into the next games."
Although he suffered the defeat, snapping Cleveland's (8-11) three-game winning streak, McAllister still had a decent outing, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking five.
Indians manager Terry Francona had nothing bad to say about his young pitcher's effort Wednesday.
"There's so much to like (about McAllister)," Francona said. "He grasps things so quickly, from just things you talk about during a start or just on the bench during a game.
"It's amazing how he picks it up so quickly, controlling the running game, being aware of situations. This kid gets it and he gets it so fast. He's going to be nothing but get better."
McAllister knew he made a mistake when he threw a fastball up and in to Rios, who quickly deposited the offering into the left field seats.
"He got me today and it's frustrating, but I was definitely happy the way I was able to minimize some damage overall," McAllister said. "Obviously, I've had some innings here and there that kind of hurt me.
"But for the most part, I just feel like I've done OK. It hasn't been great, I haven't had that great game that I'm expecting, but I haven't had that real bad one either, where it implodes on me and gets out of hand."
Chicago opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Alejandro De Aza led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Jeff Keppinger's single to right-center field.
Quintana retired the first nine Indians batters he faced before pitching himself into a jam in the fourth -- only to pitch himself out of the same jam.
Michael Brantley led off the inning for the Indians with a single to center. After Chicago-area native Jason Kipnis struck out, Mark Reynolds doubled, putting runners at second and third.
Designated hitter Nick Swisher walked to load the bases with just one out, but Quintana showed some pitching savvy by getting Ryan Raburn to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The White Sox made it 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Keppinger singled to right and scored on Rios' homer on a 0-and-2 pitch.
Keppinger, who broke a 0-for-24 hitless streak in Monday's 3-2 loss, appears to have his swing back, stroking two singles in the game.
Quintana (2-0) ran into trouble in the top of the sixth, but couldn't pitch himself out of it this time.
After leadoff hitter Drew Stubbs walked, Brantley singled, sending Stubbs to third. Kipnis then followed with a single to right, scoring Stubbs with Cleveland's first run.
That not only broke Quintana's 18 2/3 scoreless-innings streak, it led to his being lifted in favor of reliever Nate Jones.
Reynolds followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Brantley. Kipnis then stole second and then third, but was left stranded when Swisher struck out and Raburn flied out to left to end the inning.
Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain came on in relief after Jones, setting things up for Addison Reed, who picked up his sixth save of the season.
"Any time we get a win it's huge," Reed said. "The last few games haven't worked out for us, but we won't worry about that. We'll just look forward to the next game."
NOTES: Attendance was 16,765. ... Because it was an afternoon start on a weekday, the White Sox did not schedule a doubleheader to make up for Tuesday's rained-out game. The missed game will be made up during one of two other series later in the season when Cleveland returns to town. Including last Friday's postponement against the visiting Twins, the White Sox now have had 39 games postponed at U.S. Cellular Field since it opened in 1991, an average of three per season. ... Cleveland has Thursday off before opening a four-game series at Kansas City against the Royals. Lefty Scott Kazmir (0-0, 16.20) will face Royals righty Ervin Santana (2-1, 2.48) in Friday's series opener. ... The White Sox conclude the current homestand by welcoming Tampa Bay to town for a four-game series that starts Thursday. Tampa's Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 3.55) will square off with Chicago's Chris Sale (1-2, 4.50) in the series opener. ... Cleveland catcher Lou Marson flew to Chicago on Wednesday and came off the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined with a cervical neck strain. He started and went 0-3.