Poor Jose Quintana received his customary lack of run support, but at least his teammates decided to spare him the loss this time.
After an overextended Quintana gave up a go-ahead run to Cleveland in the bottom of the eighth, Avisail Garcia followed up Brett Lawrie's double off closer Cody Allen with one of his own to tie the game. That took Quintana off the hook, but the game still didn't reach extra innings, as Nate Jones hung an 0-2 slider to Carlos Santana to start the bottom of the ninth inning, and also end it.
Adding insult to injury, a third straight slider wasn't Alex Avila's idea:
Both Alex Avila and Nate Jones said the pitcher shook off a FB on 0-2 and called for a 3rd straight slider. Needed to bury it. Didn't.— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) June 18, 2016
Quintana's no-decision -- which came after six straight losses, most of them undeserved -- was the only semi-positive takeaway for this game. The Sox were stifled by Trevor Bauer, then couldn't cash in on a golden opportunity in the form of a Bryan Shaw eighth-inning appearance.
Francona continued to stick with Shaw after Bauer threw seven innings of one-run ball, even though his ERA had ballooned to 5.68 after three consecutive lousy outings (with a somehow-higher FIP). It didn't take fans long to boo him, which happened after Tim Anderson led off with a single. Anderson then stole second on an Adam Eaton strikeout to put the go-ahead run 90 feet away.
He then moved up one more base on Jose Abreu's groundout, after which Shaw pitched around Melky Cabrera to go after Todd Frazier. Frazier fouled off two hittable pitches, then swung through an elevated cutter for the strikeout. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, running his slump to 8-for-74 over his last 20 games, and dropping his average down to .202.
Quintana then came back out for the eighth on 98 pitches, then gave up a single to Michael Martinez. He came back to strikeout Rajai Davis, but he left an 0-1 fastball over the middle of the plate to Jason Kipnis, who lined it to right center for the go-ahead double.
Robin Ventura left him out there for Francisco Lindor for some reason, and he grounded out to third for the second out. Jones entered afterward, inducing a harmless bouncer from Mike Napoli to end the inning. Alas, Jones showed in the top of the ninth why Ventura might've been averse to go to the bullpen.
Quintana finished with another admirable line, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits and a walk over 7⅔ innings. Through the first eight innings, though, the only run the Sox scored for him shouldn't have. Thank Lonnie Chisenhall, who tried to pull up on Eaton's sinking liner and instead slipped, letting the ball bound past him for a one-out "triple" in the third. He then came home to score on Abreu's groundout to tie the game at 1.
That represented all the offense against Bauer, who overcame early inefficiency to last seven innings. He allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out nine.