ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Quentin hit three home runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly three hours by heavy rain and hail that sent the crowd hustling for cover all throughout the ballpark.
Fans were moved from the upper deck to the lower seating bowl and then told to take cover in tunnels beneath the stands as a storm approached that halted play in the fourth inning.
The game finally resumed after a delay of 2 hours, 58 minutes, and few fans were left when the final out was recorded at 1:27 a.m. CT.
Quentin had his first career three-homer game and slumping Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking shot for the White Sox.
Quentin became the fifth major league player in 13 days to homer three times in a game, joining Carlos Beltran, Jose Bautista, Jason Giambi and Corey Hart, who did it Monday night.
Umpires suspended play at 8:23 p.m. before the storm actually hit to allow the infield to be covered by the tarp. Rain began falling about 10 minutes later, and hail followed accompanied by winds gusting to more than 60 mph.
Fans were at first evacuated from the upper deck to the lower seating bowl. Later, they were moved from the stadium concourse as a precaution against the hail and potential tornadoes, retreating to the tunnels beneath the ballpark.
No tornadoes were reported near Rangers Ballpark, and stadium operations director Rob Matwick said fans were “as safe as they can be” under the conditions.
The game resumed in the bottom of the fourth with the White Sox ahead 4-2.
Texas tied it at 4-4 with a two-run fifth on Elvis Andrus’ RBI double and Michael Young’s sacrifice fly.
Dunn was in a 3-for-33 slide when his leadoff homer in the sixth off Brett Tomko (0-1) put Chicago back in front. Brent Morel’s RBI single later in the inning made it 6-4.
Mitch Moreland’s run-scoring single in the sixth off Chris Sale got the Rangers within 6-5, but Dunn’s RBI double in the seventh restored Chicago’s two-run pad.
Moreland scored from third on Andrus’ double-play grounder in the eighth to close the gap to 7-6, but Quentin’s third homer of the night with nobody on in the ninth off Dave Bush made it 8-6.
Tony Pena (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in one inning but earned the win as the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.
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