CHICAGO -- Unlucky No. 9 became well-deserved No. 10 for Jose Quintana as part of the White Sox 4-2 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Quintana had never surpassed nine wins in a single season, despite becoming one of the game's most consistent starters. But he reached that 10-win mark by allowing two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one, also helping the White Sox capture the weekend series.
"I didn't know he never had 10 wins. He was pretty excited. You should have seen him over there a little bit ago," White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier said. "He was very excited. We're happy for him. Hopefully we can roll with that outing. He's been superb all year."
Nate Jones replaced Quintana in the eighth after Quintana issued a leadoff walk to Jake Smolinski. Jones battled Marcus Semien for 11 pitches before striking out the A's shortstop on pitch No. 12, and then with two outs and two on, he induced a fly ball to left from Brett Eibner to protect the lead. Oakland's runs came in the fourth on Khris Davis' 32nd home run to right field.
The White Sox scored three in the first off Oakland starter Zach Neal. The A's messed up what would have been an inning-ending double play, giving Justin Morneau and Todd Frazier the chance to drive in the runs with a double and two-run single. Frazier finished with three hits after entering the game hitting .207.
"That's a play we usually make," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Obviously it affected the outcome of the game, even though it was early."
"The lack of run support that he's had over a period of time, it looks a little bit like his day," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think that's the biggest thing for him. He finds a way to get out of certain situations."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Aw Shucks: It was J.B. Shuck's turn to flash the outfield leather on Sunday, as two stellar defensive plays saved at least two runs and maybe three. With two outs and runners on second and third in the first, Shuck made a lunging grab on Ryon Healy's line drive directly over his head. He then made a leaping outstretched grab of Eibner's line drive to left-center with one out in the fourth, a play that would have allowed Eibner to run for a while if Shuck didn't make the play.
"Shucky played a great center field for us today, made some nice plays out there. Even the one to end the game, Adam [Eaton] running it down," Ventura said. "We had some guys play some good defense. We've always felt when we're playing good defense, we have a much better chance, and we just play a better brand of baseball when we do that."
Double trouble: Neal nearly escaped the first scoreless, but the A's botched a potential inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Jose Abreu. A's first baseman Yonder Alonso couldn't come up with a low throw from rookie second baseman Chad Pinder on the back end of the play, setting the stage for back-to-back run-scoring hits from Morneau and Frazier to give the White Sox an early 3-0 lead.
"It was just a little bit of a low throw," said Pinder, who collected his first big league hit in the seventh inning. "Obviously I gotta get that up to him, and that's on me, because it put us in a bad spot in the first inning. Just gotta be better there with that throw." More >
Another day, another long ball: Abreu went deep in the first inning of Saturday's victory, connecting on the home run that his 5-year-old son, Dariel, requested upon arriving in the United States from Cuba. Abreu followed with another blast leading off the fourth Sunday, giving him two straight games with home runs, after going 10 games without one.
"You just look at it, he's swinging the bat better," Ventura said. "I don't know if that is the reason [his son arriving], but I know he's feeling better as a person just because of it." More >
Missed opportunities: The A's had their chances at the plate, but outside of Davis' home run, they came up empty in five other at-bats with runners in scoring position, stranding eight baserunners on the day. They have dropped 16 of their last 20 games against left-handed starters and are 13-21 overall against them this season, which is the worst record in the American League.
"I got a double today. We are coming around. A double and two singles equal a homer, so we are thinking like that."-- Frazier, joking that he has become a singles hitter
POWER AND SPEED
Frazier swiped his 10th base of the season Sunday, joining Jermaine Dye (2005), Carlos Lee (2003-04), Magglio Ordonez (1999-2001), Carlton Fisk (1985) and Dick Allen (1972) as the only White Sox players to hit 30-plus homers and steal 10-plus bases in the same season.
ROOKIE OFFENSE Tim Anderson's three hits Sunday marked the rookie shortstop's 21st multi-hit game this season. He has four three-plus hit games and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14.
WHAT'S NEXT A's: The A's return home for a brief stay, a three-game series with the American League Central-leading Indians beginning Monday before heading out on the road again. Right-hander Andrew Triggs, who has a 3.55 ERA in three starts, takes the mound in the 7:05 p.m. PT opener.
White Sox: After a scheduled off-day Monday, Carlos Rodon opens a two-game Interleague series Tuesday night against the Phillies at 7:10 p.m. CT. Rodon is 2-2 with a 5.96 ERA over five career Interleague starts and is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last three outings.