CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana needed some help to finish it off, but his impressive outing for the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night didn't go to waste.
Quintana took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field before turning it over to the bullpen, and Chicago emerged with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
"In the fifth inning, I realized, 'Man, they haven't got a hit yet,'" Quintana said through an interpreter. "But I tried not think about it because all I wanted to do was just get outs and keep it in my head."
After Quintana gave up three hits in the seventh and left in the seventh to a standing ovation, there were some anxious moments to sweat out. The first was the situation he left for reliever Jesse Crain, who came into the game with a 15 2/3-inning scoreless streak.
Quintana departed with a 2-0 lead, just one out and the bases loaded -- so Crain had a tall order. Despite running the count full on Will Middlebrooks, Crain struck him out and followed it up by fanning Stephen Drew to end the threat. Surprisingly, Quintana said he wasn't chewing his fingernails in the dugout.
"I enjoyed the whole experience," he said. "I've always thought about throwing a no-hitter, and I'm going to keep working. One of these days it will happen."
A great play by first baseman Paul Konerko was the key to getting out of another sticky situation in the eighth -- when the Red Sox cut the lead to 2-1 on a walk, a single and an error.
David Ortiz -- who broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a broken-bat single to center -- hit a sharp grounder to Konerko, who started an inning-ending double play. Konerko quickly threw to Alexei Ramirez at second, and Ramirez made the relay throw to first. It was another great escape by the White Sox (21-23), who won their first series at home since April 5-7 against the Seattle Mariners.
Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth to boost the lead to 3-1, and closer Addison Reed finished it off in the ninth -- in a driving rain storm -- for his 16th save. Even that inning had a moment of doubt to get through when Casper Wells made a great catch in left field from the seat of his pants for the second out.
Quintana (3-1) didn't allow a run in his 6 1/3 innings, and he struck out five. Crain extended his shutout streak to 16 1/3 innings spread over 18 games.
Alex Rios led the way for the White Sox offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games.
Felix Doubront (3-2) started and took the loss for the Red Sox (27-19).
"Six innings, two runs allowed, Felix did a very good job keeping us in the ballgame and giving us a chance ... and we had those chances," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Three consecutive hits in the seventh and then a key opportunity once again in the eighth and we came up empty."
Quintana allowed just two batters to reach base through the first six innings, a second-inning walk to Daniel Nava and a sixth-inning walk to Jacoby Ellsbury.
Doubront was nearly as sharp through the first four frames, but ran into trouble in the fifth, starting with a two-out single by Dayan Viciedo. Jeff Keppinger followed with a home run to left to give Quintana a 2-0 lead.
NOTES: LHP Chris Sale was scratched from a scheduled start Wednesday against Boston because of what the White Sox are calling mild tendinitis in the posterior of his left shoulder. Sale is expected to make his next start May 28 against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. ... LHP John Danks (offseason shoulder surgery) is back in Chicago after a minor league rehab stint and could be close to returning to the White Sox's rotation. A decision is expected as soon as after Wednesday's game. ... OF Shane Victorino did not start for the Red Sox and is undergoing treatment for a hamstring flare-up that caused him to leave Monday night's game early. Victorino will stay on the active roster for at least a week to see how it heals, but Farrell said a disabled-list stint is still possible. ... Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) intensified his pregame workout routine prior to Tuesday's game. He hit off a tee, ran sprints and did some side-to-side agility work while experiencing no concussion-related issues.