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How Jose Quintana Got His Groove Back

September 10, vs. Detroit

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Short Take: Quintana pitches into the 8th allowing only 1 run and Sox offense busts out late to take 1st game of critical series with Detroit, 6-1

In his past three starts, Jose Quintana had allowed 3 runs in 5.2 innings, 5 runs in 3.2 innings, and 7 runs in 1.1 innings respectively; a definite speed bump in what has otherwise been one of the most remarkable rookie seasons in the American League this side of Mike Trout.  After nearly a week of wondering if the 163 innings thrown this season between the Majors and AA Birmingham had finally worn down the 23-year-old who had never pitched above A-ball prior to 2012, Jose Quintana emphatically answered he's not done quite yet as he came through in the biggest start of his young career to date; dazzling the Tigers for nearly 8 innings, allowing 1 run, punching out 7, and walking only 2 as the Sox pushed their lead in the division to 3 games and snapped a 7-game losing streak to Detroit, winning tonight 6-1.

Tonight was a night when all the major storylines that have dominated this division race came to a head; defense and power hitting.  Aside from Quintana's excellent effort, Rick Porcello matched him pitch for pitch and for most of the game, was outdueling Quintana in a low-scoring affair as Detroit drew first blood in the 2nd inning as Delmon Young scored on a single by Jhonny Peralta, but the Sox defense came up big and put together a nice relay to get Peralta at 2nd and ultimately keep the damage to a minimum.  Whereas the Sox defense remained stout, the Tigers inability to field the ball eventually cost them dearly.  Though Detroit's miscues had opened the door for the Sox earlier, they didn't take advantage until the 6th when an error on 2B Omar Infante allowed Dewayne Wise to reach with one out, allowing Paul Konerko to push a single through the left side of the infield, past shortstop Johnny Peralta who was over to his right, toward second base, in a double play position.  With a pair of runners on, Alex Rios flipped the power switch on, crushing a 3-run homer into the left field stands, sending the 30,000+ fans who had anxiously waited for something to celebrate for most of the night, into a frenzy that hit a near fever pitch the very next batter as A.J. Pierzynski golfed a homer over the wall in dead center field to open the lead to 4-1 and send Porcello to the showers to a raucous serenade of "Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye."

Quintana started the 8th and easily retired Gerald Laird and Austin Jackson to start the frame, but after walking Ryan Raburn, Robin Ventura called on his bullpen to handle the meat of the Tigers' order.  Things may have gotten a little uncomfortable when Brian Omogrosso allowed a double down the left field line to Miguel Cabrera, but Donnie Veal came on to face the lefty Prince Fielder and the LOOGY extraordinare came through in the clutch, as Fielder could only muster a meek grounder to second to end the inning and the threat.  The Sox added 2 more runs in their half of the 8th inning off the bat of Gordon Beckham, who clubbed a 2-run homer on a 3-2 hanging breaking ball from Octavio Dotel.  Even with a 5-run lead, Addison Reed came in to close out the game and retired Young, Peralta, and pinch hitter Andy Dirks without much drama.

The win pushes the Sox division lead to 3 games tonight with 3 games left against Detroit this series.  Tomorrow night, Jake Peavy goes for his 2nd straight win against Doug Fister.  First pitch will be at 7:10 PM Chicago time and the game will be broadcast locally on Comcast Sports Net.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 Never doubted you, Q.  Never doubted you.

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