LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have committed the second-most errors in the American League, and Monday night was another dreadful performance by the defense — ruining a solid outing by Jose Quintana in his duel with Clayton Kershaw.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham committed the first of his two fielding miscues during a five-run sixth inning by the Los Angeles Dodgers. A two-out throwing error by Conor Gillaspie made all them unearned, and the White Sox left Chavez Ravine red-faced with a 5-3 loss.
"It just wasn't a good day of defense," manager Robin Ventura said. "Q pitched a great game, going inning-for-inning with Kershaw, and he deserved a better fate. There's no two ways about it. But when you don't play defense, and give a team like that opportunities, you leave that little crack in the door. And they kicked it wide open."
Kershaw led off the fateful sixth with a single and Matt Kemp reached on one-out grounder that went under Beckham's glove for an error with the infield overshifted to the left side.
Yasiel Puig struck out on a high fastball and slammed his bat in frustration, but the Dodgers got a break when Gillaspie fielded Hanley Ramirez's grounder behind third and bounced his throw past first base as Kershaw scored.
"They gave us a few extra outs and we took advantage of it," Kershaw said. "It's always fun to get hits, and it's always fun when you're part of the run scoring. We needed this — to put something together there in the sixth. Sometimes with us, it takes a couple times to get through the lineup. I knew if I just kind of kept us in the game, gave us a chance, we were going to break out."
Adrian Gonzalez drove in Kemp with an infield hit, and Quintana gave up a two-run single to Justin Turner and an RBI single to Drew Butera after a walk to Scott Van Slyke.
"That's how you win games. You take advantage of one little mistake, and a lot of times it ends up rolling into a big inning," Van Slyke said. "Good teams do that. When they get the opportunity, they take advantage."
Quintana (3-5) gave up six hits through six innings and was charged with all five unearned runs, while his ERA dropped from 3.61 to 3.31.
"When you look at him on video, his ball looks straight. Then you get in the box and it kind of zips," Van Slyke said. "His changeup goes down and his slider's decent, so I can see why he gets guys out."
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