Quintana will try to ensure the White Sox stay atop the AL Central after Wednesday night's series finale against the visiting Royals.
The trade acquisition of Francisco Liriano gave the White Sox the chance to give Quintana eight days off between starts. The rookie might have needed all that time after matching career highs of six runs and 10 hits allowed in Chicago's 7-6 loss at Minnesota on July 30.
"The most important part is my arm, and my arm feels great," Quintana told the team's official website through a translator.
He did not get the decision in that start against the Twins, keeping his three-game winning streak intact. The left-hander has allowed four or more runs in three of his last four outings, though, and struggled against the Royals (46-63) last month.
Quintana (4-1, 2.80 ERA) gave up five runs, eight hits and a career high-tying three walks over his five innings in Kansas City on July 13. He did not get a decision in a 9-8 win, a start that came after seven days off because of the All-Star break.
Quintana will try to help the White Sox (60-49) rebound from Tuesday's 5-2 loss. Kansas City's Alex Gordon broke a 2-all tie with a single in the seventh inning and Billy Butler tacked on a two-run homer in the eighth to help Kansas City end a season-high, six-game road losing streak.
"I think the last couple days we've had renewed energy, renewed vision, and I'm pleased with where we're at right now," manager Ned Yost said.
Coupled with Detroit's sixth consecutive win, Tuesday's defeat knocked the White Sox's edge in the division down to one-half game over the Tigers. A matchup with Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 7.71) may help Chicago hold on to that lead.
Guthrie, acquired from Colorado on July 19, has dropped nine consecutive decisions since an 11-5 win over Houston on May 31. He's lost all three of his starts for the Royals, though he did have his best outing for them Friday against Texas.
Guthrie gave up three runs over six innings against the Rangers after allowing a combined 11 runs over his previous two starts, but did not get enough support in a 5-3 loss.
"That's the best start we've seen from him," Yost said. "It was great to see him get on track. He was getting his fastball up to 95 (mph) and executing pitches. ... He kept us in the ballgame. He kept us one swing away."
Guthrie has had trouble doing that in his last three starts against the White Sox, going 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA.
It's unknown if Guthrie will have to face Kevin Youkilis or Alejandro De Aza. Youkilis was scratched from Tuesday's game because of a sore right knee, and De Aza is dealing with tightness in his back.
|Kansas City Royals|
|July 28, 2012||Mike Moustakas||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right knee|
|July 05, 2012||Luke Hochevar||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|June 18, 2012||Chris Getz||15-Day DL||Lateral strain in lower left leg|
|June 18, 2012||Chris Getz||15-Day DL||Lateral strain in lower left leg|
|June 07, 2012||Felipe Paulino||60-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|May 26, 2012||Jarrod Dyson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right hamstring injury|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 07, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 06, 2012||Alejandro De Aza||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|August 05, 2012||Francisco Liriano||Day-to-Day||Bruised left quadriceps|
|July 25, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|July 24, 2012||A.J. Pierzynski||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|July 08, 2012||Gavin Floyd||15-Day DL||Right elbow tendinitis|
CHICAGO (AP) -- An impressive effort by Jeremy Guthrie didn't just snap a nearly 10-weeklong drought for the Royals right hander on Wednesday night.
It may have been one of Kansas City's best pitching performances of the season.
Guthrie earned his first victory since late May as he scattered five hits over eight innings in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
"That arguably could be the best-pitched game we had all year," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was in total control ... locating his pitches down, changing speeds, great command of the strike zone (and) never really got into any spots where they really threatened."
Guthrie (1-3) got his first win with the Royals and improved to 4-12 overall since arriving in a late July trade with Colorado. He struck out five and walked none.
His last victory was an 11-5 decision over Houston on May 31. He struggled through nine losses in his next 13 appearances.
"You want to win, but you can't make it happen no matter how much you worry about it," Guthrie said. "All you can do is just try to make better pitches and limit your runs. You give up zero runs you've got a better chance to win than if you give up six.
"I think that was more the focus than getting a win was can I go out there and give a good outing that gives us a chance to win."
Solo home runs by Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez provided all the runs for Kansas City.
Greg Holland gave up a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth but picked up his third consecutive save.
Jose Quintana (4-2) worked seven innings and gave up five hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Kansas City took two of three in the series. Chicago had won its last four series and five straight at home.
Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the second on Moustakas' 17th home run of the season. With two outs, the third baseman lined Quintana's first pitch deep in to the seats in right.
Perez made it 2-0 with a two-out homer to right on a 2-0 pitch from Quintana. The home run was his sixth of the season.
Chicago had a runner in scoring position in the third when Alejandro De Aza singled with two outs and reached second on an errant pickoff throw from Perez to first baseman Eric Hosmer . But Gordon Beckham ended the inning with a fly to right.
The Royals tried to pad the lead in the sixth with runners on first and second with two outs, but Perez' flied out to center to end the threat.
Guthrie had retired nine straight into the sixth inning when Beckham lined a two-out double down the left field line. Guthrie closed the inning by striking out Adam Dunn looking.
The left-handed Quintana had four straight no-decisions entering Wednesday. He last won on July 5, a 2-1 victory over Texas where he surrendered one earned run while striking out eight and walking just one.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain worked the eighth while Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth. In the ninth, Holland gave up a one-out single to Dunn, who scored on A.J. Pierzynski's two-out grounder up the middle.
"(Guthrie) was spotting the ball really well," Pierzynski said. "He didn't make a whole lot of mistakes. He kept the ball down really well, elevated when he wanted to and he had a good breaking ball."
Yost said he was hoping for continued improvement from Guthrie, winless in his first three starts with a 7.71 ERA since arriving in the trade with the Rockies.
"(General manager) Dayton (Moore) said when we got him it might be four starts before he gets it going," Yost said. "He's gotten progressively better each start, was really good against Texas his last start and was absolutely spot on, spectacular tonight."
Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko and outfielder Alex Rios were scratches on Wednesday. Rios had a sore back while Konerko suffered concussion symptoms in the aftermath of a first base play on Tuesday. Both will have two days off.
Ventura said he toyed with a lineup without Konerko, Rios, De Aza and third baseman Kevin Youkilis .
"We actually had a lineup without those guys in it," he said. "It was creative, it was a fun morning."
De Aza missed three games with back stiffness while Youkilis was out of Tuesday's game with a sore right knee. Both were in Wednesday's starting lineup.
NOTES: Dunn remained short of two career milestones. He went 1-for-4 and stands at 997 RBIs and 396 homers for his 12-year career. ... Royals DH Billy Butler 's 22nd home run on Tuesday is a career-best. "He can drive the ball to all fields," Yost said. "He hits all types of pitching. There are not a lot of hitters that can hit good pitching like he can hit." ... Light rainfall washed out batting practice but Wednesday's first pitch went on as scheduled at 7:10 p.m. ... The Royals head to Baltimore to open a scheduled four-game series and weren't scheduled to arrive until around 2:30 a.m. The game is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ... Chicago's homestand continues with Friday's opener of a three-game series against Oakland. ... The White Sox and Cardinals are the only teams in the majors with five players with 15 or more home runs.