TORONTO — Rookie Jose Quintana allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings, and Alejandro De Aza scored the go-ahead run from third on an errant pickoff attempt at first as the White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Addison Reed recorded the last four outs for his 21st save, tying Salome Barojas’ record for saves by a Sox rookie in 1982. The victory was the Sox’ fourth in their last 20 games at Rogers Centre.
Quintana (5-2) allowed a run in each of the first two innings before settling down, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out four. The Sox scored three in the fifth on four singles by A.J. Pierzynski, Dayan Viciedo, De Aza (RBI) and Dewayne Wise (RBI) and starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez’s error. Alvarez threw to first to hold Wise, but the throw sailed high and allowed De Aza to score.
Continuing to fill the void left by Opening Day starter John Danks going on the disabled list, Quintana was fortunate to get line-out double play by Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth with two runners on. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis made a lunging catch to his left. After pitching well enough to more than five wins this season but lacking run support, Quintana will take it.
“He’s a tough kid,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He pitched great.
“That was a good all around game, with good defense. A big win.”
Quintana threw 105 pitches. His workload is being monitored in the same manner as Chris Sale’s, and he says he feels well enough to finish strong.
“I feel good,” Quintana said. “I have never pitched this many innings but my arm feels good. I’m putting in the work and I definitely feel I can go the distance.”
De Aza had a rough night Monday, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He was 1-for-4 with no strikeouts Tuesday.
“Good things happen when you make contact,” he said.
“When I’m on base I’m just trying to get any chance to get to the next base. I saw his pickoff to first and I saw the first baseman jump and I was ready. When I saw him bend I was going to go anyway. Once I saw him bend I took off. I got a good jump.”
It was Reed’s second four-out save. He struck out Kelly Johnson with David Cooper — who led off the eighth with a double against Matt Thornton — to end the eighth. Reed also gave up a one-out single in the ninth.
“We’ve done it before but it’s one of those where he knew before that it was thought of,” said Ventura, who wanted to rest right-hander Jesse Crain.