How it happened: White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. The Diamondbacks took control of the game by scoring all three of their runs off Quintana in the fifth inning with the help of four hits. First baseman Paul Konerko hit his first home run of the season for the White Sox in his eighth start (four at first base, four at designated hitter). Arizona starter Wade Miley gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. Former White Sox closer Addison Reed got the save for the Diamondbacks, his 11th of the season in 12 chances.
What it means: One day the White Sox will figure out how to score runs for Quintana, who has lost three games and also has three no-decisions despite a 3.67 ERA. In his 31 career no-decisions, Quintana is averaging just 3.55 runs of support per game. Saturday’s was even worse, which explains the loss. Those 31 no-decisions are the most in the major leagues since 2012. Last season, he set an American League and franchise record with 17 no-decisions.
Outside the box: Konerko isn’t hitting many home runs these days, but thanks to all of those he hit in the past, his long ball moved him into sole possession of 43rd on the all-time HR list. Konerko’s 435th moved him out of a tie with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones.
Off beat: Zach Putnam finally showed his human form Saturday when he gave up a run in the seventh inning. Yet even when he struggled, he found a way to make an impression. Putnam gave up the lone run while allowing three hits and walking two. He entered the night scoreless in his previous six appearances, and the 10 1/3-inning scoreless streak was the fifth-longest in the AL.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (0-2, 8.27 ERA) to the mound against Arizona on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Diamondbacks will counter with right-hander Chase Anderson, who will be making his major league debut, in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.