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Must C Clips: Quentin launches three home runs

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Quentin hit two home runs before the rains came, he hit one after -- at 1:19 a.m. CT to be precise -- and basically put on an awesome display that was only rivaled by the violent weather that caused a near-three hour rain delay.

The end result was just fine for the White Sox, who won an 8-6 decision from the Rangers in a game that ended at 1:27 Wednesday morning at Rangers Ballpark.

The White Sox continued their recent success on the road, winning for the seventh time in their last 10 road games.

"Those are the types of games where you have to be careful with some people saying whatever happens today happens," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "People just want to talk about the rain delays and not the game. Those are the games you want to win."

Quentin was obviously geared up to swing the bat Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, collecting the first three-homer game of his career.

He did the first two parts of his damage for the White Sox before a two-hour, 58-minute rain delay. He hit the first pitch he saw in the top of the first for a two-out home run into the left-field seats for a 1-0 lead.

Quentin's home run in the top of the third was the talk of the White Sox clubhouse after the game. Brent Morel was hit by a pitch and Juan Pierre had a bunt single. After Alexei Ramirez popped up, Quentin launched an 0-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers for a 4-1 lead.

Quentin's second home run carried 405 feet down the right-field line, a monster shot for his 11th homer of the season.

"That ball was hit pretty good," Guillen said. "When Carlos hits it, he can hit it a long way. That was very impressive. You only see home runs like that from Josh Hamilton and [Adam] Dunn and Jim Thome."

The White Sox led, 4-2, when the game was stopped at 8:23 p.m. because of heavy rains, lightning, hail and possible tornadoes. The game resumed at 11:21 p.m. Quentin then had to wait almost two more hours for his final blow.

With the White Sox leading only 7-6 in the top of the ninth, and reliever Sergio Santos faced with having to get a four-out save, Quentin provided the crucial insurance run. This time he pulled a home run down the left-field line 387 feet for the 8-6 lead.

"He got three home runs and drove in five," manager Ron Washington said. "He was swinging the bat well tonight. You make a mistake and he didn't miss it."

Quentin's big night came on the day that Guillen switched up the batting order. Quentin moved up to the No. 3 spot for the 14th time of the season. The slumping Dunn was moved down to the No. 5 hole.

Dunn responded with his own mammoth home run in the top of the sixth, a moon shot into the home run porch in right field that gave the White Sox the lead at 5-4 after the Rangers had tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The lineup switch made Guillen look like a genius for a night.

"That's a point we wanted to make against lefties, and see how that thing works out," Guillen said. "It worked out pretty good for both. They both hit home runs. Then again, I can't wait for [Dunn to] get hot and go back up to the third."

It turned out the White Sox needed more offense than that provided by Quentin and Dunn. Morel followed up Dunn's homer with an RBI single to give the White Sox a 6-4 lead.

Things went back-and-forth from there, with the Rangers drawing closer and the White Sox answering them every time.

Chris Sale allowed an RBI single to Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the sixth as the Rangers cut the lead to 6-5. But the White Sox answered again as Alex Rios slugged an RBI double for a 7-5 lead after a two-out single by Paul Konerko and a walk by Dunn.

White Sox reliever Matt Thornton got into trouble in the bottom of the eighth with a walk to Moreland and a single to right by Ian Kinsler. But he got Elvis Andrus to hit the first pitch to shortstop, and the White Sox turned a double play as Moreland scored to make it 7-6.

That wasn't it for the eighth. Hamilton singled off Thornton, and Guillen went to the bullpen again for Sergio Santos. Hamilton stole second base, and after Michael Young walked, Hamilton was able to sneak into third on a wild pitch. But Santos worked out of the jam, getting Adrian Beltre to line out to right field.

With a two-run lead, Santos pitched a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save. It was the last of six relievers to pitch -- starter Jake Peavy work three innings before the rains came -- as Guillen went through his bullpen and was prepared to use starters Philip Humber and Edwin Jackson if the game went to extra innings.

"As a bullpen, we held the lead and we got the win today," Santos said.

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