Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A gem from Jose Quintana ended the ChicagoWhite Sox's longest losing streak in 35 years, though the left-hander'sefforts were overshadowed by the return of a member of the opposite dugout.
Alex Rodriguez's controversial season debut wound up a night to forget forAndy Pettitte and the New York Yankees, who were held squarely in check byQuintana in an 8-1 loss to the previously slumping White Sox that opened athree-game series.
Rodriguez, now recovered from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hipperformed in January, was activated from the 60-day disabled list for hisfirst major league action since last October's ALCS, despite the star sluggerbeing levied a 211-game suspension by the league office earlier on Monday forallegedly purchasing and using prohibited performance-enhancing substancesfrom the South Florida-based anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America.
The three-time AL MVP's ban, set to run through the entire 2014 season,officially kicks in on Thursday. However, Rodriguez has elected to appeal thepenalty and will be eligible to play until his case is heard by an arbitrator.
Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 with a single in his initial at-bat, one of eighthits allowed by Quintana (6-3) over a 6 2/3-inning stint in which he permittedjust the one run.
Ironically, Quintana was suspended 50 games for using a banned substance whilein the New York Mets' minor league system in 2007.
His effort enabled Chicago to halt a 10-game skid, the club's worst since anequal drought from June 11-20, 1976, though Quintana had plenty of help from alineup that battered Pettitte (7-9) for seven runs and 11 hits in only 2 2/3innings of work.
Alex Rios drove in four runs and Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI tolead the charge. Gordon Beckham added two hits, including an RBI single, whileJeff Keppinger ended 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the rout.