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Quintana pitches nine innings, but White Sox fall to Royals in 10

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Quintana pitches nine innings, but White Sox fall to Royals in 10

Jose Quintana did everything he could Wednesday night to earn a 10th victory for the first time in his career.

But one mistake to Mike Moustakas and a boatload of stranded White Sox base runners left him one win shy of double digits for a third straight season. Quintana pitched nine strong innings only to watch the White Sox fall to the Kansas City Royals 5-3 in 10 innings. Eric Hosmer’s two-run homer off David Robertson in the 10th lifted the Royals to the victory.

Jose Abreu hit his 30th homer in the losing effort.

“It doesn't diminish what Q did out there,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It comes down to we don't score enough for him. That's pretty obvious. Again, that means nothing as far as how good he is. We know how good he is and we just wish we'd score more for him.”

Quintana completed nine innings for only the second time in his career.

He gave up a third-inning homer to Alex Gordon that tied the score at 1. And he left a curveball up to Moustakas in the sixth that was hit for a two-run homer as Kansas City pulled ahead 3-1.

But that was it.

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He threw strikes on 71.8 percent of his pitches (that’s good) and allowed three runs and five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. But the effort ended Quintana up shy of what he considers an important victory once again as he earned his 13th no decision of the season and 52nd of his career.

“It’s important for me because I’ve never had it,” Quintana said. “But my point is to try to get as many wins as you can for the team. Everything is about the team. I’ll try to keep going. The season is done for me right now, but I’ll try to focus on the next season. I’ll rest right now and work hard for the next one.”

Quintana finished the season 9-10 with a 3.36 ERA in a career high 206 1/3 innings. He started 32 games and struck out 177 against only 44 walks. Quintana’s 1.92 walks-per-nine total is the lowest of his career.

When he surpassed 200 innings in the third, Quintana became the first White Sox pitcher to reach 200 innings, 30-plus starts and 160-plus strikeouts in three straights seasons since Javier Vazquez in 2006-08.

“He just doesn’t get rattled out there,” Robertson said. “He just keeps going, he pounds the zone. He keeps the ball down. He’s a competitor. He’s the kind of guy you want out there every five days because you know he will give you something special.

“I haven’t helped him out. I’ve blown a couple of his games so he should have 10. It’s unfortunate. I wish I would have been better at my job so that he had 10 wins but, his innings, his ERA, strikeouts, walks, everything shows he’s a quality pitcher and he gets the job done.”

The White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Adam Eaton — one of the team’s six singles in the first two frames. But Edinson Volquez didn’t break as he left the bases loaded in the first and struck out Abreu and retired Melky Cabrera on a hard groundout in the second.

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The White Sox stranded two more in the fifth inning, another in the sixth and two in the eighth.

Volquez did surrender Abreu’s solo homer in the seventh inning as the White Sox pulled within a run.

With his homer, Abreu became the first American Leaguer, and third player ever, to hit 30 in each of his first two seasons. Abreu’s blast helped him match the starts of Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun. With his next RBI, Abreu would join Pujols as the only players in baseball history to start their careers with 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons.

Abreu had an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth to break the 3-all tie, pick up his 100th RBI and help Quintana to his 10th victory but grounded out with the go-ahead run at third with two outs.

The White Sox stranded 11 base runners in the loss.

“(Quintana) was great, outstanding, you can use all of them,” Ventura said. “We thought we had a chance there to get him one. Again, just his consistency is always the impressive part and you feel bad because this guy pitched great. He always goes out there and gives you a chance. It's unfortunate.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.