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Casper Wells robs Braves of tying homer in White Sox's win

Published: Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:43 p.m. CDT
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(Charles Cherney)
Left fielder Casper Wells robs the Atlanta Braves' Reed Johnson of a home run in the eighth inning Sunday, and the Sox defeated the Braves, 3-1, at U.S. Cellular Field.

CHICAGO – Casper Wells did not realize how significant his catch was until he turned to look at the Jumbotron after he helped save a victory for the White Sox.

Wells robbed Reed Johnson of a home run in the eighth inning to help the Sox beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Sunday.

With the Sox leading 3-1, Wells leaped up against the left-field wall to make a spectacular catch and rob Johnson of the game-tying homer.

"I didn't know at first, I was just glad I caught it, you know," Wells said. "And then I saw the replay and I was like, 'Wow, that was really special.' I never did anything like that before."

Initially, Johnson did not think he hit it well enough to get it out of the park.

"No, I hit it OK," Johnson said. "I knew that the ball was traveling pretty good all weekend, so when I hit it I was kind of begging for it to get up."

Wells' catch was one of several great defensive plays by the Sox.

Alex Rios added two hits and an RBI for the Sox, and Jose Quintana (5-2) scattered nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win.

Sox relievers Ramon Troncoso and Donnie Veal each retired the two batters they faced, and Nate Jones pitched a scoreless eighth. Closer Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Braves starter Mike Minor (9-5) pitched his first career complete game in the loss as the Braves dropped two out of three to the Sox. Minor allowed three runs, two earned on five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

The Braves had the bases loaded and no outs in the second inning but failed to score. Dan Uggla struck out and Brian McCann was caught off second base on Reed Johnson's line out. The Braves loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning and could not score again. Second baseman Jeff Keppinger made a diving stop on Brian McCann's ball and threw him out at first.

"If he hits that ball to my right, I probably ain't getting it," Keppinger said. "So I was anticipating something to be at me or to my left and I don't know. I just kind of went after it and it happened to fall in my glove."

In the first inning, Adam Dunn beat the defensive shift with a two-out single through the left side of the infield to score Alejandro De Aza.

De Aza led off the third with a double, and Rios blooped a single with the infield drawn in to score De Aza.

With the Braves trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Atlanta's Evan Gattis lined a single off third baseman Brent Morel's glove to score Chris Johnson.

The Sox added an insurance run in the sixth inning on Dayan Viciedo's sacrifice fly.

Notes: Morel was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. ... LHP Paul Maholm was sent back to Atlanta to have his left wrist checked out by the team's hand specialist. He left Saturday's start in the fourth with a sprained left wrist that was initially injured in his last start before the break, against Miami. ... Braves C Gerald Laird left the game with a bruised left hand after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. He is day-to-day.

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