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. CDT.
Quentin had his first career three-homer game and slumping Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking shot for the White Sox.
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.
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.
Sergio Santos got four outs for his seventh save in eight chances.
Quentin pulled a two-out solo shot into the left-field seats in the first to give the White Sox the lead.
Chicago starter Jake Peavy issued his first walk of the season in his third outing when Ian Kinsler drew a base on balls leading off the game. Kinsler advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Josh Hamilton's single.
In the third, Quentin hit a high drive into the right-field stands off Derek Holland for a 4-1 advantage, marking Quentin's 12th career multihomer game.
Young's sacrifice fly in the third pulled Texas within 4-2.
When play got back under way, both starters were done for the night.
Peavy, who allowed two runs and five hits in three innings, was replaced by Will Ohman.
Tomko came in for Holland, who gave up four runs and four hits in four innings.
Rangers RHP Brandon Webb allowed four runs -- one earned -- and six hits during a 79-pitch outing in extended spring training in Arizona. Webb struck out five, hit two batters with pitches, and didn't issue a walk. The 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from right rotator cuff surgery, with no timetable for his debut with the Rangers. ... The wind was blowing so hard in the bottom of the third that White Sox CF Alex Rios raced in to catch Nelson Cruz's flyball after Rios initially took a few steps back on the drive. ... Rangers 35-year-old RHP Yoshinori Tateyama made his major league debut, becoming the fourth Japanese native to pitch for Texas. Tateyama got two outs in the seventh, allowing one hit and one run. ... Hamilton, in his second game since missing 36 with a broken bone in his right shoulder sustained on a headfirst slide, slid headfirst into first on an infield single in the eighth. Hamilton then dove headfirst into second on a stolen base, and into third on a wild pitch before he was stranded there.