KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana shook his head and shrugged when considering his team's lack of run support for him over the years -- a shortage that continued Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
"I don't get frustrated because I don't have control over that," said Quintana, for whom the Sox have scored one or fewer runs 25 times over the last three years. "The only thing I can control is throwing good games."
Quintana lasted 71/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, but it wasn't enough as the Sox totaled just four hits, three off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
The only Sox run came in the second inning, when Paul Konerko singled to center field to drive in Alexei Ramirez.
"Guthrie just moves the ball in and out," Conor Gillaspie said. "He was throwing it out of the zone, and I just kept swinging at it. He's smart."
The Royals tied it in the third when Pedro Ciriaco singled and scored on Nori Aoki's single.
Aoki had a bunt single in the eighth and Alcides Escobar followed with a double. Quintana intentionally walked Eric Hosmer to load the bases because Sox manager Robin Ventura wanted reliever Jake Petricka to have a better chance for a double play, he said. Petricka gave up Billy Butler's sacrifice fly to right field for a Royals lead and also walked in a run with the bases loaded and two outs.
Keppinger on way out: The Sox have requested waivers on third baseman Jeff Keppinger for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. Major league teams now may claim Keppinger off waivers. If he isn't claimed, he will become a free agent.
Keppinger was designated for assignment May 14 after spending the beginning of the season on the disabled list while recovering from shoulder surgery. The Sox said they made the move because they wanted to give more playing time to younger players, such as Gillaspie.
Belisario steps in: The news that closer Matt Lindstrom needs surgery on his left ankle means right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario could see extended time in the role over the next several months.
Belisario took over as closer in the ninth inning Tuesday night, and after allowing two hits and a run, he picked up his first save in a Sox uniform.
Asked if he will be comfortable with Belisario stepping into Lindstrom's role, Sox manager Robin Ventura said, "We're going to have to.
"These are the guys we have, and I think Beli has pitched well enough to be that guy to step in and do it."
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