10:25 p.m. CDT, May 21, 2013
Left-hander Jose Quintana provided some much needed relief for the White Sox after they learned Chris Sale won’t pitch Wednesday night because of left shoulder tendinitis.
Quintana pitched 61/3 hitless innings Tuesday night to help the Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale (5-2), who has a scoreless streak of 23 innings while limiting opponents to a .192 batting average and is ranked eighth in the American League with a 2.53 ERA and eighth in innings (64), was scratched as a precautionary measure. The announcement was made during the second inning Tuesday night.
Sale, who was scheduled to face the Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz (6-0) in a battle of the league’s top pitchers through the first seven weeks, is expected to rejoin the Sox rotation next Tuesday against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.
Entering this season, the Sox didn’t intend to place any restrictions on Sale, who suffered a bout of tenderness in his left elbow last May and was sent to the bullpen for one appearance before returning to the rotation. He finished with 29 starts and 192 innings.
Sale was coming off two of his most dominating performances — consecutive victories over the Angels in which he allowed four hits while striking out 19 in 162/3 innings in a span of six days.
Sale’s 113th and last pitch Friday night — a third strike past Erick Aybar — was clocked at 94 mph.
Hector Santiago, whose long-term future in the rotation won’t be disclosed until John Danks is activated from the disabled list, will get the call for Sale. He has failed to pitch six innings in each of his last two starts after allowing only one run in his first two starts in place of Gavin Floyd.
Quintana didn’t receive any run support until the fifth, but it occurred in a timely matter as the Sox continued their recent habit of scoring after two outs. Dayan Viciedo singled off Felix Doubront and Jeff Keppinger followed with his first home run since Sept, 29, 2012 — off Sale while playing for the Rays.
Quintana’s no-hit bit was snapped in the seventh on David Ortiz’s broken-bat single into shallow center field, and Quintana was removed quickly after allowing hits to Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava to load the bases.
Reliever Jesse Crain then struck out Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the threat.
The Sox weren’t so fortunate in the seventh when Matt Thornton allowed a hit and walk that preceded a Matt Lindstrom wild pitch. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s fielding error allowed a run to score, but Paul Konerko fielded Ortiz’s grounder to start an inning-ending double play.
Alex Rios, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth, ripped an RBI double in the eighth to provide an insurance run as rain started to fall.