Quintana shines in 4-0 Sox win over Blue Jays
BY DARYL Van Schouwen Staff writer June 29, 2014 2:42PM
Updated: June 29, 2014 3:55PM
TORONTO — Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings, Jose Abreu collected his 64th RBI and Moises Sierra homered, doubled and scored two runs against his former team as the White Sox defeated the Blue Jays 4-0 Sunday.
The shutout was the first this season for the Sox (39-44), who won the last three of a four-game series to conclude an 11-game road trip that started with four straight defeats against the Twins and two gut-wrenching defeats in Baltimore. The Sox finished the trip with a 4-7 record.
“It starts off with Q,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He attacked the zone, and if he can get ahead and stay there and mix speeds like he did today he’s tough. He was moving it around both sides of the plate and Mark [Buehrle] was doing the same thing. He was just as good.’’
Jays lefthander Buehrle (10-5), a four-time All-Star with the White Sox, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over eight innings. One of those hits was Sierra’s second homer of the season, a one-out shot in the fourth that gave the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Quintana was even better, holding the Jays (45-39) to three hits while striking out seven and walking two. He retired Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who pinch hit for cleanup man Dioner Navarro, on an inning-ending force out in the sixth inning.
It marked the seventh time in Quintana’s career he has worked at least seven scoreless innings. He received no-decisions in the previous six outings.
After Eric Surkamp pitched a perfect eighth inning, Tyler Flowers drove in Paul Konerko (walk) and Sierra (double) with a single against former Sox Sergio Santos in the top of the ninth.
“Big hit for Flow,’’ Konerko said. “He had three tough at-bats. He had the same situation yesterday, bases loaded, and didn’t get it done. He’s been grinding away and he’s doing a heck of a job behind the plate and I know he wants to hit better. He’s been working behind the scenes. You like to see him get rewarded, validated for his work.’’
Right-hander Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless ninth. Ventura, who is mixing and matching in the bullpen without a designated closer, said Petricka was going to pitch the ninth whether the score was 2-0 or 4-0.
Buehrle and Konerko remain friends. Buehrle beat the Sox in his only other start against them last season. Konerko singled to right, struck out and flied to left against Buehrle.
“I’m glad it’s over,’’ Konerko said. “Whether I get a hit or make an out I really don’t enjoy any of it because he just doesn’t look right in another uniform. Even when I watch on TV it doesn’t look right so certainly when I’m hitting against him it doesn’t. But you have a job to do and he’s doing the same.’’
The Sox have won three straight on the road for the first time since early May.