BOSTON -- Cody Ross hit a three-run homer against White Sox closer Addison Reed with one out in the ninth inning to give the Red Sox a 3-1 victory on Thursday night.
Rookie Jose Quintana pitched eight scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, turning it over to the Sox bullpen that failed him for the second time when he handed it a 1-0 lead in the ninth this season.
Quintana became the first pitcher since 1900 to record three scoreless outings of eight innings and not get a decision.
His three starts of eight scoreless innings or more this season are tied for the second most in baseball behind Felix Hernandez.
The last rookie to have at least three outings of eight scoreless innings or more was Justin Verlander in 2006; the last White Sox rookie was Britt Burns in 1980.
"It's unfortunate,'' Reed said. "[Quintana] threw his ass off and there's nothing else he could have done. He did everything. It sucks we didn't come out with a win."
Here's how it unraveled in the ninth: Carl Crawford singled to lead off against left-handed reliever Matt Thornton. Dustin Pedroia hit a potential double play ball to third baseman Eduardo Escobar, who hesitated briefly and was unable to start a double play. The Sox settled for a force out. After Adrian Gonzalez singled against Thornton, Ross delivered the homer against Reed.
Manager Robin Ventura considered starting Quintana in the ninth but the lefty had extended himself in the seventh and ninth innings, pitching out of trouble.
"You can go back out there with him, but you are eventually going to go to those [bullpen] guys anyway if he gets in trouble,'' Ventura said. "So you go to the guys who are fresh.''
The Dodgers game on June 17 in Los Angeles, which the Sox lost after Quintana was pulled leading 1-0, did cross Ventura's mind.
"Yeah, it is similar,'' he said. "But he did his job and he got out of some tough spots. So, that's my call to take him out and bring somebody else in.''
Quintana seemed to take the outcome in stride. He said he felt strong after eight but understands the manager's decisions.
"It happens. That's just the game of baseball,'' he said. "So, just go out there and play it.
"That's the manager's choice. It's one of those that this is going to happen. It won't be the first or the last time. It's just something that some days you have some good outings and some days you don't. You have to go out there and keep playing.''
Alex Rios scored Adam Dunn with a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the White Sox run.
Two nights after getting his first stolen base of the year, Dunn led off the fourth with his 74th walk of the season and motored to third on Paul Konerko's single to right in the fourth inning. He scored on Rios' sacrifice fly to right for a 1-0 White Sox lead.
Quintana allowed five hits and no walks while striking out two.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz allowed one run on six hits over eight innings, walking one and striking out six.