CHICAGO -- Alex Rios' two-run homer in the fifth inning helped the Chicago White Sox break a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
The win was only the fourth for Chicago (8-12) in the last 14 games. Cleveland (8-11) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
The White Sox continued to slump at the plate, accounting for just five total hits in the game, not to mention seven base runners stranded during the course of nine innings.
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.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana retired the first nine 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, 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' sixth homer of the season on a 0-and-2 count.
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.
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.
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 flied out to left to end the inning.
Quintana pitched five innings, gave up two runs (earned) and four hits, walked two and struck out three.
Losing Indians starter Zach McAllister (1-3) pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three (earned) runs and five hits, walked five and struck out four.
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 Kasmir (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 came into Wednesday's game with a 4-0 record in games that were decided in the seventh inning or later this season. ... Cleveland catcher Lou Marson flew to Chicago on Wednesday and is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined with a cervical neck strain.