- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Chicago White Sox couldn’t get anything going early on Friday night against the Houston Astros.

One big swing by Adam Dunn changed that and the White Sox cruised to a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros.

Dunn hit a three-run home run and Conor Gillaspie added two RBIs to lead the White Sox.

The White Sox trailed by two and had managed just one hit off of Collin McHugh (2-2) through the five innings before Dunn launched his soaring homer into the second deck in right field with one out in the sixth to put Chicago on top.

“That guy it just seemed like he was cruising,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He was around the zone, a good curveball and that’s what really kept everybody off-balance. You just stick with it. Dunn’s homer … but then after that we put some stuff together to put it away.”

White Sox starter Jose Quintana (2-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings for his first win since April 8. He’s pitched well between wins, but Chicago has had trouble scoring in his starts.

“He’s done a lot for us to keep us in games and he hasn’t won any games,” Ventura said. “He’s notorious for coming out with a no-decision, so it was nice for us to get some runs after that and get him a win, because he’s done a lot of work for us that doesn’t go in the win column all the time for him.”

Dunn was happy he could help Quintana get a win after he had three no-decisions and three losses since his last victory. Quintana has been plagued by no-decisions in his career and set an American League record last season with 17.

“It seems like every single game that he pitches we can’t offensively get it going,” Dunn said. “Then when we do, it’s when he’s out of the game. He obviously wasn’t as sharp as he has been lately or even since he’s been up. But getting him that win was big.”

Tyler Flowers had an RBI in the sixth and Gillaspie drove in two runs with a double in Chicago’s three-run eighth inning.

Rookie George Springer and Jason Castro each had an RBI for the Astros. Chris Carter added a double and a single to extend his hitting streak to a season-high six games. He has improved in May after hitting just .153 in April.

McHugh allowed four runs on three hits, striking out seven in 5 1-3 innings for his second straight loss after starting the season 2-0.

“Coming in, from the get-go, I knew my stuff was good, but my command was spotty at best,” McHugh said. “And it came back to bite me in that inning.”

Dunn, who was 0 for 11 before his home run, added a double in the ninth inning.

“He’s got power with anybody in the league,” Ventura said. “If he gets it it’s going to go. It’s good. He’s walking and hitting balls hard so it’s a good night for him.”

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