With support, Quintana delivers strong outing

Left-hander tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Twins on Thursday

June 23rd, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox starter had enough time to watch two movies -- one good, one bad, he said -- on his iPad during a lengthy rain delay Thursday at Target Field.

By the time the movies were over and Quintana took the mound to face the Twins, it was nearly five hours after the originally scheduled first pitch. The 4-hour, 50-minute delay didn't seem to bother Quintana, who turned in his second impressive start in a row to end Chicago's road trip with a 9-0 win.

The left-hander tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out nine and scattering five hits. Quintana (4-8) won his second straight start after pitching seven strong innings against the Blue Jays in his previous outing.

"I was really happy with my changeup today -- almost tonight, right? It's a long day here," Quintana said more than eight hours after the scheduled start time. "All my stuff worked good. I think I keep doing the same with my approach. Attack the zone early, get ahead and if we do that, good things happen."

Quintana has had plenty of starts this year in which he didn't have much run support. His last two starts have been a different.

When Quintana stepped onto the mound for the first time Thursday, the White Sox led, 5-0.

"He, historically, as you all know, hasn't had the greatest run support over his career," manager Rick Renteria said. "It was nice for him to have that, and be able to work with it."

Quintana gave a break to the bullpen, which had plenty of work in the first two games of the series. In Tuesday's opener, starter lasted just 2 2/3 innings. A night later,  went 3 1/3 innings.

Renteria hoped Quintana could get through seven innings -- which he had done just once in his previous five starts -- but Chicago's sizeable lead made it easier to take Quintana out.

"I thought he gave us a really nice outing to keep most of the guys in the bullpen out of there," Renteria said.

With his changeup working, Quintana rarely had trouble. No Twins batter advanced past first base against the lefty.

Perhaps it was fitting that one of the movies Quintana watched was "Get Out," as he got the Twins' hitters out with relative ease. His other pregame film, "The Fast and the Furious," could have easily described the way Chicago's offense put up runs for him.

"You just wish you can keep doing that for every pitcher," said third baseman , who hit a two-run homer during the five-run first. "He deserves it. He's doing a great job. He's pitching well, and we'll take that every day of the week."