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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1

5/21/2013

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made it two consecutive wins over the Boston Red Sox with a 3-1 victory Tuesday in the middle game of a three-game series.

How it happened: Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the bullpen took it the rest of the way. Quintana didn’t give up a hit until David Ortiz dunked a broken-bat blooper into centerfield with one out in the seventh. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases before reliever Jesse Crain struck out Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew to end the threat. Jeff Keppinger got the White Sox on the board in the fifth inning with a two-run home run, his first of the season. Alex Rios extended his hit streak to 16 games and also drove in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Addison Reed closed it out for his 16th save in 17 chances. The game ended in a driving rain storm.

What it means: On the day the White Sox learned that Chris Sale would miss his next start because of tendonitis in his shoulder, Quintana’s outing was just what the team needed. The White Sox are saying that Sale’s tendonitis is only mild and he will return to the mound next week. Quintana’s no-hit threat came only nine days after Sale pitched a one-hitter against the Los Angeles Angels.

Outside the box: Make that a 2.84 ERA for White Sox starters over the last 31 games, with 20 quality starts in that stretch as well. At the start of play Tuesday, White Sox starters led the American League in ERA, opponents’ batting average (.216), opponents’ on-base percentage (.280), WHIP (1.09) and baserunners per nine innings (10.13) over the last 30 games.

Off beat: The White Sox improved to 21-23 on the season, which isn’t much different from their record after 44 games last year. In 2012 at this time the White Sox were 22-22. The White Sox’s victory in Game 44 last year was the start of a nine-game winning streak that included sweeps of the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (1-2, 2.78 ERA) to the mound against Boston in the finale of the three-game series after Sale was scratched with mild tendonitis in his left posterior shoulder. The Red Sox will counter with right-hander Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.