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Quintana flirted with no-hitter in 3-1 White Sox’ win

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Updated: May 21, 2013 11:23PM

Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Jesse Crain bailed him out of a base-loaded jam, and Jeff Keppinger hit his first homer in a White Sox uniform as the Sox defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night.

“I noticed I had a no-hitter in the fifth inning but I tried not to think about it because all I wanted to do was get outs and keep the team ahead,” Quintana said. “Everything was working and my pitches were in the zone and I was ahead in the counts. That really helped me out.”

Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth inning, and more importantly an RBI double in the eighth that gave the Sox a two-run cushion.

In a pouring rain that started in the eighth inning, Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities. Left fielder Casper Wells slipped on the wet warning track and caught Nava’s fly ball as he was falling to the ground.

Keppinger’s homer against Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront followed Dayan Viciedo’s two-out single in the fifth, breaking a scoreless tie.

“It’s awesome,” Keppinger said. “All the credit goes to “Q” for keeping us in that game like that where obviously two runs can win it. But it’s a good feeling to come through for your team and help your team win.”

Quintana (3-1), who struck out five and walked two, allowed consecutive singles to David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava to load the bases. Crain, who has 18 consecutive scoreless relief appearances, struck out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to protect a 2-0 lead.

The Sox (21-23) have won six of their last eight games.

“You think about it,” Ventura said about the no-hitter. “Everybody was staying away from him (in the dugout) so I think it went through everybody’s head after six innings.”

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