CHICAGO — Jose Quintana needed some help to finish it off, but his impressive outing for the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night didn’t go to waste.
Quintana picked up his third win of the season by making a bid for a no-hitter last one out into the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field before turning it over to the bullpen in Chicago’s 3-1 win against the Boston Red Sox (27-19).
After Quintana left in the seventh to a standing ovation, there were some anxious moments for him to sweat out as a spectator. The first was the situation he left for reliever Jesse Crain, who came into the game with a 15 2/3 scoreless innings streak.
Quintana departed with a slim 2-0 lead, just one out and the bases loaded — so Crain had a tall order. Despite running the count full on Will Middlebrooks, Crain struck him out and followed it up by fanning Stephen Drew to end the threat.
A great play by first baseman Paul Konerko was the key to getting out of another sticky situation in the eighth — when the Red Sox cut the lead to 2-1 on a walk, single and fielding error. David Ortiz hit a sharp grounder to Konerko, who started an inning-ending double play by quickly throwing to Alexei Ramirez at second for the relay throw to first for yet another great escape by the White Sox (21-23) — who won their first series at home since April 5-7.
Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth to again make it a two-run lead and closer Addison Reed finished it off in the ninth — in a driving rain storm — for his 16th save. Quintana (3-1) didn’t allow a run in his 6 1/3 innings and struck out five, while Crain extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 1/3 innings spread over 18 games.
Alex Rios led the way for the White Sox offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. Felix Doubront started and took the loss for the Red Sox (27-19), going six innings and allowing two runs.
Quintana allowed just two batters to reach base through the first six innings, a second-inning walk to Daniel Nava and a sixth-inning walk to Jacoby Ellsbury.
Doubront was nearly as sharp through the first four frames, but he ran into trouble in the fifth, starting with a two-out single by Dayan Viciedo. Jeff Keppinger followed with a home run to left to give Quintana a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: LHP Chris Sale was scratched from a scheduled start Wednesday against Boston because of what the White Sox are calling mild tendinitis in the posterior of his left shoulder. Sale is expected to make his next start May 30 against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. … LHP John Danks (offseason shoulder surgery) is back in Chicago after a minor league rehab stint and could be close to returning to the White Sox’s rotation. A decision is expected as soon as after Wednesday’s game. … OF Shane Victorino did not start for the Red Sox and is undergoing treatment for a hamstring flare-up that caused him to leave Monday night’s game early. Victorino will stay on the active roster for at least a week to see how it heals, but Boston manager John Farrell said a disabled-list stint is still possible. … Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) intensified his pregame workout routine prior to Tuesday’s game. He hit off a tee, ran sprints and did some side-to-side agility work while experiencing no concussion-related issues.
Orioles 3, Yankees 2: Nate McLouth led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run off Vidal Nuno, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees,.
McLouth sent a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right-center off Nuno (1-1), who had just entered the game to start the inning. It was McLouth’s fourth homer of the season.
Struggling Baltimore closer Jim Johnson, who blew his last three save chances, got the win.
Johnson (2-4) came on in the top of the 10th with the game tied. He missed on save chances against the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Yankees in the past week, but he needed just eight pitches to retire New York in order Tuesday.
New York (28-17) lost a game after scoring first for the first time this season. The Yankees, who got a run in the top of the first, are now 19-1 in those games.
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game after recovering from a blister on his right thumb, made an effective start. In his first appearance since May 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, Gonzalez gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.
New York starter Phil Hughes also had a good rebound performance. He didn’t make it out of the first inning of his last start, but this time he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.
Neither team threatened much after the Orioles tied the game in the fifth. After Gonzalez and Hughes left, both bullpens pitched well.
The Yankees jumped ahead in the first inning for the second consecutive night. Brett Gardner led off with a double off Gonzalez and scored on Travis Hafner’s two-out single for a 1-0 New York lead.
Baltimore caught up in the third when Chris Dickerson led off with a homer to right-center against Hughes.
The Yankees quickly took the lead back in the top of the fifth. Vernon Wells led off with a double and scored the tie-breaking run when Hafner followed with an RBI single.
Dickerson struck again in the fifth, crushing a Hughes fastball far over the right field scoreboard to tie the game at 2-2. But the Orioles left two on with two outs for the second time when Jones grounded back to Hughes.
NOTES: The multi-homer game was the first of Dickerson’s career. … Jones remains perfect in stolen bases. He stole a base Monday and now is 8-for-8 this season — but he was the DH in this game, giving his sore right leg a rest. … New York came into this game as the only major league team not to lose a game this season when scoring the first run. The Yankees did that again Monday night and improved to 19-0 on the season when getting on the board first. … Yankees RHP Shawn Kelley entered in the seventh inning and retired the only batter he faced on a popout. Kelley has struck out 15 of the last 22 batters he’s faced and 33 overall in 18 2/3 innings.