Quintana opens his second half in fine form

Quintana opens his second half in fine form

SEATTLE -- When the White Sox needed it most, Jose Quintana kept Seattle runners from becoming runs until the Chicago offense finally got untracked.

Quintana, making his first start since pitching a scoreless inning in his first All-Star Game, stranded the go-ahead runner in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings until the White Sox eventually broke out for a 6-1 victory over Seattle on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

"I felt pretty good. A couple innings in trouble, so I tried to make a critical pitch," Quintana said. "I tried to keep the score close. Winning this game, that's really important for us now."

After giving up a home run to Robinson Cano that made it 1-1 in the fourth, Nelson Cruz singled and Dae-Ho Lee walked. But, Quintana retired Kyle Seager and Chris Iannetta to preserve the tie.

The Mariners had runners at first and third in the fifth, but Quintana got Cano on an inning-ending strikeout.

Seattle upped the ante in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but Quintana again escaped when Daniel Robinson flied to center.

Quintana leaves bases loaded

Manager Robin Ventura had confidence in Quintana's ability to get the last out of the inning.

"He just has a way to fight through it," Ventura said. "I think he's always the kind of competitor, that you just sit there and you trust him with that one."

The White Sox, who had been shut out three times and scored just four runs in their five losses, took a 3-1 lead in the seventh on a leadoff homer by Melky Cabrera and an RBI single by J.B. Shuck.

Chicago then added three more in the ninth on a two-run homer by Todd Frazier and an RBI double by Dioner Navarro.

Quintana, who allowed one run on six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six innings, is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts.

"In the second half, we started slow, but this win is really important for us," Quintana said. "Keep positive, everybody here, and tomorrow we want to take the series."

Jim Hoehn is a contributor for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.