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Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 3, White Sox 1

Here’s a quick look at the White Sox’s loss in Boston on Thursday night.

How it happened: Jose Quintana was outstanding, allowing five hits and striking out two over eight shutout innings. The rookie’s luck, however, continued to be of the unfavorable variety. The White Sox took a 1-0 lead into the ninth frame, but Cody Ross’ three-run homer off Addison Reed gave the Red Sox their first runs of the contest and resulted in a walk-off loss for the White Sox. The fault for the defeat shouldn’t be assigned solely to Reed. Matt Thornton began the ninth inning and retired only one of the three batters he faced. Reed entered the game with runners on first and second -- both of whom scored on Ross’ homer. Moreover, the White Sox struggled at the plate, registering only eight hits (and one walk). Chicago’s only run came on Alex Rios’ sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

What it means: By losing three of four, the White Sox dropped their first series since mid-June. With the Tigers winning, Chicago’s lead in the American League Central is down to just 1 1/2 games.

Outside the box: In consecutive series, the White Sox have been hurt by unlikely heroes. In Kansas City this past weekend, it was Alcides Escobar collecting six hits and six RBIs over the course of a three-game set. In Boston, outfielder Cody Ross hit three three-run homers in the final two games of the series.

What’s next: Jake Peavy (7-6, 3.12 ERA) will take on fellow Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (10-5, 2.43) as the White Sox begin a crucial series in Detroit.