Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A gem from Jose Quintana ended the Chicago White Sox's longest losing streak in 35 years, though the left-hander's efforts were overshadowed by the return of a member of the opposite dugout.
Alex Rodriguez's controversial season debut wound up a night to forget for Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees, who were held squarely in check by Quintana in an 8-1 loss to the previously slumping White Sox that opened a three-game series.
Rodriguez, now recovered from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip performed in January, was activated from the 60-day disabled list for his first major league action since last October's ALCS, despite the star slugger being levied a 211-game suspension by the league office earlier on Monday for allegedly purchasing and using prohibited performance-enhancing substances from 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 the penalty 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 eight hits allowed by Quintana (6-3) over a 6 2/3-inning stint in which he permitted just the one run.
Ironically, Quintana was suspended 50 games for using a banned substance while in the New York Mets' minor league system in 2007.
His effort enabled Chicago to halt a 10-game skid, the club's worst since an equal drought from June 11-20, 1976, though Quintana had plenty of help from a lineup that battered Pettitte (7-9) for seven runs and 11 hits in only 2 2/3 innings of work.
Alex Rios drove in four runs and Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI to lead the charge. Gordon Beckham added two hits, including an RBI single, while Jeff Keppinger ended 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the rout.