After throwing 80 pitches in a rough outing against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago bounced back with six strong innings in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The 25-year-old left-hander, pressed into service when Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start with a sore shoulder, threw 107 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs on a one-armed opposite field single to left in the first inning by David Ortiz. Santiago (2.81 ERA) gave up five hits and four walks while striking out nine.
Buchholz (7-0) held the Sox to five hits in seven innings and left the game leading 2-1. The Red Sox tacked on two runs in the eighth and ninth innings against the Sox struggling bullpen.
It's possible Santiago was headed to the bullpen, with a return by John Danks to the rotation expected Friday.
Starting pitching continues to be the team's strong suit, despite injuries to Gavin Floyd and missed starts by Sale and Jake Peavy. In the last 32 games, Sox starters have made 21 quality starts with a 2.86 ERA.
Alex Rios extended his career high hitting streak to 17, the longest in the AL this season. Rios drove in the Sox run with a ground out to shortstop in the third inning. Paul Konerko hit his first home run since late April in the ninth inning. Konerko was 2-for-4.
The Sox (21-24) won the first two games of the series.