|Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley throws to the plate during the second inning of the Dodgers' baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)|
Quintana's fine outing spoiled by Chisox bullpen
LOS ANGELES—White Sox rookie manager Robin Ventura summoned closer Addison Reed in the ninth to protect a one-run lead -- even though Jose Quintana had thrown only 77 pitches in eight shutout innings.
The move backfired miserably. Reed gave up the tying run on Juan Rivera's sacrifice fly, and Matt Thornton allowed a two-out RBI single in the 10th to Dee Gordon as Chicago lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in the rubber game of an interleague series between division leaders.
"It's one of those things that happens," Ventura said. "Q pitched great, but right there I wanted to go to the closer. This is what Reed does. Reed is going to be our closer tomorrow and it's just the way it is."
Reed gave up singles to pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu and Elian Herrera, putting runners at the corners with one out. Abreu scored on Rivera's sacrifice fly to right.
"I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them," said Reed, who hadn't allowed a run in his previous 13 appearances on the road. "The pitch to Abreu was supposed to be a high fastball out of the zone, but I didn't get it high enough and it got a little too much of the zone. Anytime you lose a game it stinks, especially when the starting pitcher throws as well as Quintana did."
Quintana scattered five hits, struck out six and walked none in his seventh big league start. The 23-year-old left-hander did not allow a runner past first base until Juan Uribe doubled with two outs in the fifth.
"It wasn't like he was overpowering, but he definitely didn't move it in the middle third of the plate," Dodgers center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. "He was on the corners all day, and was usually down in the zone and throwing a lot of strikes. When you get a pitcher like that, it's going to be tough. He's pitched well for them since he's been up, so it was nice to come out with a victory after facing a guy like that."
Gwynn lined a one-out triple in the 10th under the glove of a diving Jordan Danks as he charged the ball in left field. Matt Treanor followed with a hard grounder to second baseman Gordon Beckham with the infield in, forcing Gwynn to stay put. Abreu was intentionally walked and Gordon lined a single to left against Thornton (2-5), whose wild pitch in the eighth inning of Friday's series opener let in the decisive run.
Ronald Belisario (3-0) pitched two hitless innings for the win after Chris Capuano yielded a run and eight hits over eight innings with a season-high 12 strikeouts.
Capuano matched zeros with Quintana until the sixth, when Brent Lillibridge led off with a single and continued to second on Herrera's error in left field. Lillibridge went to third on a groundout by Beckham and scored on Dayan Viciedo's single after Capuano struck out major league home run leader Adam Dunn for the third straight time.
"He's always a tough out, but I was able to make some good pitches on him," Capuano said. "I actually missed a couple of locations, but I missed them in good spots. Sometimes you need to catch a break as a pitcher."
Treanor led off the Dodgers' sixth with a bunt single and was at third base when Herrera hit what appeared to be a tying sacrifice fly. But Treanor was called out on an appeal play to end the inning after umpire Jerry Meals ruled that he left the bag too soon.
"That's what he saw," Treanor said. "You can't be 100 percent right all the time, but it fired me up because that would have tied the game -- and you don't know how many you're going to score. Nothing against Jerry, but I thought it was not the right call."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly got into a heated and animated argument with Meals, resulting in his fourth ejection of the season and seventh in less than 1 1/2 years on the job.
It didn't end there, as Mattingly stood nose-to-nose with Meals for more than a minute before and after crew chief Gary Darling joined the fray. When he was done with Meals, Mattingly got into Darling's face on his way back to the plate and waved his arms up and down like a bird in flight before finally retreating to the clubhouse.
"I didn't even realize I was that fired up. I was just kind of frustrated over that call," Mattingly said. "I knew that he missed it. The video doesn't lie. It was a situation where, if you're not 100 percent sure, how can you overturn a run? He kept telling me he got it 100 percent right. That's about the third time I've heard that this year."
The White Sox were robbed of three hits by Gold Glove right fielder Andre Ethier, who made diving catches on shallow fly balls by Viciedo in the fourth inning and Alex Rios in the sixth. In the eighth, Ethier took an extra-base hit away from Lillibridge with a leaping grab near the top of the fence.
NOTES: Dunn, who leads the majors with 23 home runs, also has struck out a major league-leading 104 times. ... A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Christopher Farias, who was thrown for a loop when he realized the catcher was his father, Lawrence -- dressed in a Dodgers uniform and mask when he sprung the surprise.