Edwin Jackson pitched seven superb innings for his first victory in more than a month, Carlos Quentin homered and drove in five runs, and the Chicago White Sox routed the Los Angeles Angels 8-0 on Monday night.
Jackson (3-4) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked one after going winless in his previous five starts since beating Tampa Bay 5-1 on April 7. The right-hander finally got some run support after four consecutive outings in which his teammates failed to score while he was in the game.
Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez also homered for the White Sox, who have won three straight for the first time this season. It was a rough night all-around for the Angels, who put left fielder Vernon Wells on the 15-day disabled list after the game. Wells strained his groin while running out a grounder.
Ervin Santana (1-4) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, including Beckham's two-run homer in the second and Ramirez's leadoff drive in the seventh. Both home runs came on the first pitch. In Santana's previous start last Wednesday at Boston, the right-hander pitched no-hit ball through four innings before a 2-hour, 35-minute rain delay ended his night.
Quentin, who had a pair of two-out, run-scoring doubles in the third and fifth, made it 8-0 in the seventh against reliever Trevor Bell with his eighth home run after the right-hander relieved Santana and gave up a double to Adam Dunn and a walk to Paul Konerko. The Angels, shut out in each of Santana's last three losses, got only one runner as far as third base against Jackson. That was in the fourth, when Wells stranded Bobby Abreu with a grounder to third. Wells pulled up limping less than halfway down the line and had to come out of the game.
Jackson got into another jam in the sixth, but Torii Hunter ended the threat by grounding into a double play for the 12th time this season, the most in the majors. Chris Sale and Will Ohman each worked an inning to finish the six-hitter.