White Sox waste sharp outing by Quintana
Jose Quintana matched Anibal Sanchez zero for zero during an impressive pitchers' duel. Leury Garcia showed off his skills in leadoff spot.
It was another loss for the Chicago White Sox, but Quintana and Garcia managed to provide some hope for the future.
Quintana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and Garcia had three hits in a 1-0 loss to Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
''I've waited for this moment,'' Garcia said through a translator. ''I want to show what I've got, and today was the day that I showed flashes of what I can do.''
Quintana struck out six and walked two in his major league-high 17th no-decision this season. He remained winless over his last five starts despite a 3.03 ERA over that stretch.
''That doesn't affect me at all. It was a close game. We faced a very good pitcher,'' Quintana said through a translator. ''I don't control the results, I control what I go out and do. That doesn't affect me.''
The 24-year-old Quintana has received one run or less of support in four consecutive starts, and Wednesday was the seventh time overall this year.
Sanchez (14-7) struck out 10 and allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50. Joaquin Benoit got three outs for his 18th save in 18 opportunities, completing a five-hitter for Detroit's 11th shutout of the season.
''It was a really good game,'' Sanchez said. ''Both pitchers, we're fighting because we don't have the run support - I had it at the end, but early. I think I had a really good game today.''
AL Central-leading Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Quintana got Victor Martinez to foul out and struck out Nick Castellanos to end the inning. Sanchez wiggled out of his own jam in the bottom half.
''I think looking at the first inning, it didn't look like it was going to end up like that. Both of them pitched great,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ''A lot of swings and misses for Sanchez. But both of them were in a little bit of trouble and battled out of it. Sanchez just pitched better.''
Garcia, acquired from Texas in the Rios trade, had two infield hits, stole two bases and also played strong defense at second base. Normally a switch-hitter, Garcia was forced to bat only right-handed because of an open blister on his left hand.
Chicago's best chance came in the eighth when it put two runners on with one out, chasing Sanchez from the game. Jose Veras came in and struck out Paul Konerko before he was replaced by Drew Smyly, who struck out Adam Dunn for the final out.
''We snuck one out,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''It ended up being a good day for us.''
While Garcia was 3 for 4 and Jordan Danks reached three times while batting second, the heart of the Sox order struggled. Alexei Ramirez, Konerko and Dunn were a combined 0 for 11, with Dunn striking out four times.
NOTES: White Sox rookie INF Marcus Semien got his third career start, replacing Conor Gillaspie at third base. Gillaspie made three errors on Tuesday, but Ventura sounded understanding of what happened during Chicago's 9-1 loss. ''I've had a night like that and totally understand it,'' he said. ''You don't sleep well because you care.'' ... Gillaspie hit for C Josh Phegley with two outs in the ninth and struck out to end the game. ... Suspended Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta said he understands why he won't regain his position if he is activated when his penalty is over. The shortstop job now belongs to Jose Iglesias. Peralta said: ''Iglesias is a really good player. He's settled to be the shortstop every day. I'm here to help the team in whatever position I can.'' ... The White Sox continue their homestand when they host Cleveland on Thursday, with LHP John Danks (4-12) facing Indians RHP Corey Kluber (8-5). ... The Tigers are off Thursday before beginning a home series against the Kansas City on Friday, with RHP Justin Verlander (12-11) going against Royals LHP Bruce Chen (7-2).