Quintana and Semien lead White Sox over Blue Jays
Jose Quintana was happy to get a win.
The left-hander, who leads the American League with 17 no-decisions this season, pitched into the eighth inning and rookie Marcus Semien hit his first homer to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
Quintana (9-6) allowed two runs on five hits in 7 1-3 innings. Addison Reed pitched the ninth inning to record his 39th save of the season.
''Of course; I'm very happy with the win,'' Quintana said through an interpreter. ''I'm going to continue to work and develop and, hopefully, put my team in a position to win.''
With an earned run average of 3.45 and close to 200 innings pitched, Quintana certainly has put his team in position to win most nights.
''He's kind of your classic lefty,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''He mixes speeds, moves it in and around. He's got a quick arm, ball gets on you. It's more explosive than the radar gun will show you. He's got a feel. You can tell he just knows what he's doing out there.''
The way White Sox manager Robin Ventura sees it, the no-decisions have nothing to do with the way Quintana has pitched.
''He's pitched well,'' Ventura said. ''Wins have been hard to come by, so it's nice that he got the win so he can feel good about it.''
Run support has been the major problem this season, but Semien went a long way into seeing that wouldn't be a problem Monday with a two-run shot in the second inning.
''Any time you have any kind of first in the big leagues, it's a great feeling,'' Semien said.
The infielder, recalled on Sept. 4, has been playing mostly third base since joining the team. He's hitting .306 and making all the plays in the field and making a strong push to be considered for a spot on the rister next season.
''I think Marcus is making a case for himself,'' Ventura said. ''He has a lot of tools that he's using. We're getting to see what he can do.''
Semien well knows what potentially is on the line with his play this month, but says he's not about to put that kind of pressure on himself.
''I feel good about the way I've been playing,'' he said. ''I try not to worry about making a case or anything like that. I try to focus on helping the team win. I'm glad we got the win tonight.''
Toronto starter J.A. Happ (4-7) threw 110 pitches in his five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.
Semien's homer in the second inning opened the scoring. With Dayan Viciedo on first, Semien hit an 0-2 pitch from Happ down the line and well over the fence for a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Jays cut the lead in half as catcher J.P. Arencibia led off the fifth inning with his 21st homer, but the White Sox got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Avisail Garcia led off with a solo shot to make it 3-1.
The Blue Jays closed the gap to 3-2 on a run-scoring single by Ryan Goins in the eighth inning, but that was as close as they got.
NOTES: Adam Dunn was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game on Monday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said his playing time has been limited lately in part to get some younger guys in the lineup. Although Dunn is hitting .218 this season, he is batting .130 in September with 27 strikeouts in 17 games. ''Some people have to sit and watch, but I understand and it's good to kind of evaluate the kids, too,'' Dunn said. ... This game was a makeup of a rain out on June 12. The White Sox flew in from Detroit on their way to Cleveland, while the Blue Jays flew in from Boston on their way to Baltimore. ''You can use a day off when what happened back in June happened, but you know there's a price to pay later,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ... Ventura's original three-year contract expires after next season, but he said he isn't interested in discussing a contract extension right now. ''It has to be on both sides,'' he said, ''but that's a discussion for another day.'' ... The White Sox will send Hector Santiago (4-9) against Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9) in Cleveland on Tuesday, while the Blue Jays will send Todd Redmond (4-2) against Baltimore's Chris Tillman (16-7).