KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jose Quintana received some welcome early run support in beating the Kansas City Royals.
Quintana gave up four singles over eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Royals 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Quintana (2-4) walked two, struck out seven and allowed only one runner to reach second base.
The White Sox had given him a career-low 1.84 runs per game in his first five starts, which was the second lowest in the American League.
The White Sox, however, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings Tuesday, making easier for the 28-year-old Colombian left-hander.
"That's good," Quintana said. "That's a nice thing. The hitters were aggressive the whole game. When you've got that support early, that's really good."
Quintana's career record is 48-50.
"He pitches well whether he has run support or not," White Sox Manager Rick Renteria said. "You ask anybody from the organization, even prior to me getting here, he's pitched well enough to win more games than his record shows, but he just hasn't had the run support. He's done his job."
Royals Manager Ned Yost was impressed with Quintana.
"He was really, really good," Yost said. "You've got to give him some credit. He made the All-Star team last year and he's always been tough against us, even though we find ways to beat him."