Hard-luck left-hander Jose Quintana earned the respect his record has denied him when he was named to the American League All-Star team as a replacement for injured Indians starter Danny Salazar.
Quintana, 27, is only 7-8 — a record marred by lack of run production from his teammates — but ranks among the AL leaders in quality starts, innings and strikeouts (105) and has a 3.21 ERA.
Royals skipper Ned Yost, who will manage the AL All-Stars, named Quintana after Salazar was ruled out because of a sore right elbow.
Quintana joins Chris Sale on the AL roster. Todd Frazier also will be in San Diego defending his title in the Home Run Derby.
‘‘I couldn’t believe it,’’ Quintana said of the honor, which was relayed to him Sunday morning by manager Robin Ventura. ‘‘It’s a goal for players, making it to the All-Star Game. I’m so happy, so happy.’’
The last time the Sox had two pitchers on the All-Star team was 2013, when Sale and Jesse Crain were named. The last time the team had two left-handed pitchers as All-Stars was 1964, when Gary Peters and Juan Pizarro were selected.
‘‘Everybody is excited for him,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You take out the record, and in any numbers that matter, he’s at the top.’’
Losing 2-0 to the Braves kept the Sox from taking their sixth consecutive series, but a good performance from starter James Shields (2-3 with the Sox) was a mitigating factor.
Shields worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, two of them solo homers by Jeff Francoeur and Jace Peterson.
The Sox had only five hits off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (3-3), who struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings.
‘‘I got behind in the count with a few hitters, but I only made two bad pitches, and unfortunately we lost the game,’’ Shields said.
The shutout was the fifth against the Sox and dropped their record in interleague play to 4-5.
But their first-half record of 45-43 marks the first time they ended the first half above .500 since 2012.
With Quintana added to the All-Star roster, the Sox will have to adjust the rotation for the series against the Angels that starts Friday. Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Friday and Shields on Saturday.
With Carlos Rodon out, the Sox might recall a pitcher to start in the series. Relief pitcher Chris Beck was optioned back to Class AAA Charlotte after the game, with a replacement to be named Friday.
This and that
Shortstop Tim Anderson went 2-for-4, giving him 14 multihit games in his first 28.
— J.B. Shuck has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games at home.
— Jose Abreu has reached safely in 31 of his last 33 and is hitting .328 with five home runs and 24 RBI in that span.
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