CLEVELAND -- The White Sox still haven’t figured out how to solve the Cleveland Indians.
Their issues with the American League Central’s first-place team meant that Jose Quintana went unrewarded again on Tuesday night.
Quintana pitched well enough to win again, but Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen were even better as the White Sox lost to the Indians 3-1 in front of 13,857 at Progressive Field. Kluber limited the White Sox to a run and his bullpen pitched three scoreless. The White Sox have lost seven in a row to Cleveland and eight of 10 overall even though Quintana only allowed two earned runs and seven hits in six innings.
“You know (Kluber) has the movement going in on a lefty, but tonight the biggest one is he’s moving it back over,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s throwing at the front hip, it’s coming back on the inner half and that’s the one you freeze for a second and you can’t pull the trigger on it. Really good movement. You’re seeing a really good matchup with both guys kind of controlling what’s going on out there.”
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The White Sox made some hard contact early against Kluber, but couldn’t cash in on any of their doubles in the game’s first three innings.
Kluber used his two-seam fastball to perfection to end the second inning with a called third strike to Omar Narvaez with two in scoring position. He did the same to strikeout Justin Morneau with two on to end the third inning.
They went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners in the first three innings and never had another opportunity after that.
Morneau blasted a solo homer off Kluber in the sixth inning to get the White Sox within 2-1. But that was it as Miller set down six straight and Allen retired the side in the ninth.
Quintana fell behind quickly 1-0 on first-inning doubles by Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor. They made it a 2-0 game in the third when Rajai Davis drew a leadoff walk and stole second. He scored on Mike Napoli’s two-out RBI single to left.
Quintana settled in from there to keep the White Sox within striking distance. His record dropped to 9-9 with the loss.
“I feel pretty good,” Quintana said. “I was always in trouble with runners on base. But that’s a good game situation when you work out. You try to throw quality pitches and get a lot of ground balls and it was a tough game.”