The weather won't be working in Quintana's favor this time.
Quintana takes the ball looking to build on a stellar performance Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays inside at Rogers Centre.
After being knocked around for six runs in four innings against Seattle in his season debut, Quintana (0-0, 4.09 ERA) allowed one hit and walked none while striking out seven in seven shutout innings in frigid Cleveland on Friday."He was aggressive," Ventura said. "He was getting ahead, he was painting."
Ventura acknowledged the pitchers' duel could have been attributed to the cold weather.
"Maybe the weather had a little bit to do with it," he said. "It's not an easy time to hit when it's this cold. But pitchers like it."
This will be Quintana's first start in Toronto with the roof closed, though the left-hander pitched well there last Aug. 14, allowing two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win.
The White Sox (6-8) dropped Monday's opener 4-3 before winning by the same score the following night. Dayan Viciedo doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Chicago improved to 2-6 on a 10-game trip. It has plated four runs or fewer in each of its last seven contests."This has been a road trip from hell for us," said slugger Adam Dunn , who is 0 for 17 in the last five games. "We haven't been able to score any runs."
Viciedo seems to be enjoying the warmer climate inside Rogers Centre, going 4 for 8 with a pair of RBIs after going hitless in 11 at-bats in Cleveland.
Paul Konerko hit a game-tying homer and scored three runs Tuesday, and has been doing just fine at the plate regardless of the conditions. He is batting .357 with three home runs and nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak, and is 12 for 28 (.429) in his last eight versus the Blue Jays (6-8).
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista will sit for the third straight game due to a sore back.
J.P Arencibia has provided the power with Bautista out, homering in both games to give him five on the season. All of his homers have come in eight games at Rogers Centre, where he's batting .355. He's hitting .143 in five road contests.
Arencibia will likely be behind the plate to catch J.A. Happ (2-0, 3.48), who overcame a shaky start to get the win in Friday's 8-4 final at Kansas City.
The lefty gave up three runs on 41 pitches in the first inning, but allowed just one more run before coming out after the fifth, when his pitch count reached 110. Happ's efficiency has been a bit of a concern early on, as he threw 99 pitches in 5 1-3 scoreless innings against Boston in his season debut.
This will be Happ's first career outing against the White Sox, who can work the count, averaging 3.9 pitches per plate appearance to rank in the top half in the majors.
|Chicago White Sox|
|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|April 10, 2013||Angel Sanchez||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|April 09, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Left game - nerve irritation, left wrist|
|March 22, 2013||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|March 22, 2013||John Danks||15-Day DL||Recovery from left shoulder surgery|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|April 14, 2013||Sergio Santos||15-Day DL||Right triceps strain|
|April 13, 2013||Jose Reyes||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|April 12, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sprained left ankle|
|April 11, 2013||Darren Oliver||Day-to-Day||Arm|
|April 04, 2013||Jose Bautista||Day-to-Day||Left game - Twisted ankle|
|March 27, 2013||Dustin McGowan||60-Day DL||Sore right shoulder|
TORONTO (AP) -- Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios did enough damage against J.A. Happ that Jose Quintana didn't need to be at his best.
The Chicago White Sox left-hander was anyway.
Flowers and Rios each homered and Quintana pitched 6 2-3 innings to lead the White Sox to a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Flowers hit a three-run homer and Rios added a solo shot to back Quintana (1-0), who held the Blue Jays to five hits with two walks while striking out seven in his third start of the season.
"The offense was great, Tyler coming through like that, I think it was big for him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "When you hit a home run like that, that's a big relief because you know you're helping out."
Happ (2-1) allowed six hits, including two homers, and five runs in 5 2-3 innings to end a string of four consecutive quality starts by the Blue Jays' rotation.
"I felt I was making pitches, making several in a row and they'd make you pay. So it's frustrating in that sense to put us down early. It's tough, as you saw," Happ said.
The White Sox have won two straight after dropping the opener of the four-game series on Monday.
Injuries have been a problem for the Blue Jays, who played their third game in a row without right fielder Jose Bautista . Bautista has a sore back and is listed as day-to-day, while shortstop Jose Reyes will miss about three months with a severely sprained ankle.
"They're two of our top players," Gibbons said. "Reyes has been gone a while but (Munenori) Kawasaki (who had two hits on Wednesday) has done a heck of a job taking his place, he really has. And Jose anchors the middle of the lineup and with him missing that's a big bat."
Following a two-out double by Dayan Viciedo and a walk to Alexei Ramirez in the second, the White Sox took a 3-0 lead when Flowers sent a 2-1 fastball into the seats in right-center for his third homer of the season.
Munenori Kawasaki and Rajai Davis singled with two outs in the third for Toronto's first base runners, but Quintana struck out Melky Cabrera to end the inning.
The White Sox went ahead 4-0 in the fourth on doubles by Paul Konerko and Ramirez.
Konerko extended his hit streak to nine games with a leadoff double to right. Davis had his glove on the ball but could not hold it as he ran into the wall. Happ then struck out Adam Dunn and Viciedo before Ramirez drove a double to left center.
The Blue Jays threatened again when Kawasaki walked with two outs in the fifth after fouling off five pitches with a full count. He took third on a double by Davis, but Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.
Rios, a former Blue Jays player, led off the sixth with his fifth homer of the season, sending a 1-1 slider against the facing of the second deck in left-center. Viciedo's two-out single chased Happ, bringing on right-hander Ramon Ortiz .
"We haven't really put it together yet. It's frustrating," said Gibbons. "The guys are trying. It's one of those things, you've just go to fight through it. You can't say it's early anymore, really."
Ortiz ended the sixth but gave up two runs in the seventh. Flowers, Tyler Greene and Alejandro De Aza singled and Jeff Keppinger hit a sacrifice fly. Rios walked to reload the bases and Konerko followed with a sacrifice fly.
Quintana was replaced by right-hander Jesse Crain with two outs in the seventh after Kawasaki's second single of the game.
NOTES: Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista missed his third game in a row with a sore back. ... The White Sox recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP Deunte Heath to Charlotte. The 26-year-old Danks was batting .333 (17-for-51) with two homers and five RBIs at Charlotte. He came on to play center Wednesday in the eighth and singled in the ninth. ... Toronto RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 5.82 ERA) will oppose LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 5.21 ERA) in Thursday's series finale.