CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza's two-run, second-inning double held up for the winning hit as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday, completing a three-game series sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.
Just two weeks ago, the White Sox's season had become pretty bleak. After being hammered 10-3 by the Minnesota Twins on May 13, the White Sox had a 15-21 record, the farthest they had fallen below .500 in Robin Ventura's one-plus years as manager.
But things have changed dramatically since then. The White Sox have won nine of their last 12 games and with Sunday's win climbed back to .500 for the first time since April 10 when they were 4-4.
Miami, meanwhile, continues to have the worst record in the majors, dropping to 13-37 after Sunday's loss, their fifth loss in a row and 18th defeat in their last 23 games.
The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Alexei Ramirez singled and then scored on Adam Dunn's 12th home run of the season.
Miami rallied with two of its own in the top of the second. Marcell Ozuna singled, went to third on Chris Coghlan's single and scored on Justin Ruggiano's base hit. Coughlin, however, was nailed trying to score on Ruggiano's hit. Ruggiano then scored on Nick Green's single to make it 2-2.
The White Sox went back ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Dayan Viciedo led off with a double, Hector Gimenez walked and De Aza doubled to left center to score both runners.
De Aza added a second double to lead off the bottom of the eighth, and then scored Chicago's fifth and final run on an RBI single by Alex Rios.
Miami closed to 4-3 in the top of the third when Juan Pierre and Adelny Hechavarria both walked, Derek Dietrich flied to right to push Pierre to third, and Pierre then scored on Marcell Ozuna's ground out to third.
White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod improved to 3-3 with the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings. Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 17th save.
Marlins starter Alex Sanabia (3-7) lasted four innings and suffered the loss.
The White Sox are now 167-124 all time in interleague play, the third-best winning percentage to date in the major leagues.
The White Sox play host to the Cubs on Monday and Tuesday in the "Crosstown Classic" before the four-game series shifts to Wrigley Field for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Thursday. Lefty Jose Quintana (3-1) faces the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija (2-6).
The White Sox lead the all time series with the Cubs 49-41, 26-19 at U.S. Cellular Field and 23-22 at Wrigley Field. The Sox have won eight of the last 11 games and 15 of the last 21 against the Cubs.
NOTES: Attendance was 25,464, the biggest Sunday crowd thus far this season. ... Miami heads to Tampa Bay for the start of the four-game "Citrus Series" on Monday. The Rays will host the first two games on Monday and Tuesday before the series shifts to Miami for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Thursday. Jose Fernandez (2-2) will face the Rays' Jake Odorizzi (0-0) in Monday's game. ... Marlins rookie Derek Dietrich saw his streak of reaching base end at 14 games, three short of the team record by Kevin Miller in 1998. ... Conor Gillaspie's game-ending single on Saturday followed Jeff Keppinger's game-ending single to win Friday's game. That marked the first time the White Sox have won consecutive games on game-ending hits since April 23-24, 2010. ... Here's a stat you don't see every day: The White Sox have made a major league-best 910 quality starts since 2003, two more than the Los Angeles Angels.