How it happened: The comforts of home are what the White Sox needed as they returned from a brutal road trip on a 10-game losing streak and ended the slide with an early offensive outburst. After scoring four combined runs in their last four games, the White Sox had that many by the second inning alone. Alex Rios drove in at least one run in each of the first three innings. Jose Quintana went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on eight hits. The White Sox also entered having lost 13 of their last 14 and 16 of their past 19. Their 40-69 record at the start of the game was their worst record after 109 games since they were 38-71 in 1970.
What it means: The decision to release Quintana in November of 2011 has haunted the Yankees. Not only did the left-hander dominate his old organization Monday, his first career victory came in his first career start, which took place at Yankee Stadium on June 29 of last year. The Yankees released Quintana instead of putting the six-year minor leaguer on their 40-man roster and that came after he went 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA for their Single-A affiliate in Tampa.
Outside the box: Baseball's leader in no-decisions this season with 14, Quintana was able to record just his sixth victory of the year. He posted two victories in July, but his last victory before that came May 21 when he downed the Boston Red Sox. All six of his June starts were no-decisions. Among left-handed starters, Quintana entered having held left-handed hitters to a .233 batting average, fourth-best in the AL. He also entered with a 2-1 record and a 2.79 ERA and 38 strikeouts over his last six starts.
Off beat: The White Sox probably want to thank Alex Rodriguez for coming to town Monday. Instead of booing their own struggling team, White Sox fans reserves their venom for Rodriguez, who returned from the disabled list after appealing a 211-game drug suspension. The boos started when Rodriguez jogged in the outfield before the game, continued when he was introduced and before each at-bat, and reached their peak when he struck out looking in the eighth inning. Signs in the stands read "A-Roid" and "Cheater," although one sign that read "Only God can judge A-Rod" seemed to support the embattled slugger.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chirs Sale (6-11, 2.92 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the second game of the three-game series. The Yankees will counter with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.