Behind Offensive Eruption, Jose Quintana deals In His First Quality Start In A Month

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White Sox offense erupts for 11 runs to boost Quintana.
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The Chicago White Sox erupted for 11 runs on Friday in the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Jose Quintana‘s survived two early solo home runs — one from Kendrys Morales who owns a .342 career average versus the lefty — to log his sixth quality start of the season. Friday was Quintana’s first start in the last four where he was able to work past the fifth inning. With the White Sox continuing to entertain offers for the southpaw, a quality start with strong run support was sorely needed.

Run support is something the left-hander has never found over his career and Friday marked only the fourth time he has received 10 runs or more of offensive production. Quintana was replaced by Jake Petricka in the eighth inning and finished allowing two runs on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu lead the charge at the plate with two hits apiece while accounting for eight runs batted in. Recently acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Alen Hanson piled on with three hits and three runs of his own.

The White Sox have reached 30 wins while playing .500 baseball over their last 10 games.