Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Cardinals 1

Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox rookie pitcher Jose Quintana continued to build a case for why he should remain in the team’s rotation when John Danks returns from the disabled list. Quintana allowed 10 hits against the Cardinals, but he gave up just one run and no walks in 5 1/3 innings. He improved to 2-1 on the season. He’s allowed six runs in four starts in Danks’ place. Orlando Hudson provided some early offense with a two-run triple in the second inning. The White Sox added four more runs in the eighth inning. Adam Dunn (21 home runs) and A.J. Pierzynski (12 home runs) each had a home run in the win. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko (.373 average) had three hits.

What it means: The White Sox extended their lead in the American League Central to 1 ½ games over the Cleveland Indians with Tuesday’s win. The Indians lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Outside the box: The road has been good to the White Sox. They improved to a major league best 18-9 on the road with Tuesday’s win. They also have an eight-game winning streak on the road.

Up next: Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Cardinals has the making of a pitchers’ duel. Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.05) will start for the White Sox, and the Cardinals will counter with Lance Lynn (9-2, 2.66).