Coors Field didn’t seem like an ideal place for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana to boost his trade value in his last start before the All-Star break Saturday night.
After all, the Rockies rocked Derek Holland for seven runs in four innings a night earlier.
But with the eyes of buyers likely on him, Quintana fared better. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts and left with the lead after 5 1/3 innings. Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle gave up the tying run in the eighth, but Tim Anderson hit his second homer in two nights in the ninth to give the Sox the lead again in a 5-4 victory over the Rockies.
“I don’t think about (trades) right now,” Quintana said. “I’m focusing on doing my job. The first half has ended for me now, and I’m focused on the second half. I’ll try to do a better job and recover my body. I know that the trades are around me, but that’s part of the game. I don’t have control in that. I just have control on throwing the ball well.”
After giving up a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado in the first, Quintana settled down for four scoreless innings before allowing a run in the sixth. He issued his first two walks around a strikeout and gave up an RBI double to Gerardo Parra.
Sox reliever Anthony Swarzak helped by recording the final two outs of the sixth. Quintana also helped his own cause in the fourth with his first career RBI on a sacrifice fly.
“I was really excited — my first RBI,” Quintana said with a smile. “I try to get contact first. It was really good.”
The outing continued a big turnaround from a poor two months. Quintana has a 2.70 ERA over his last seven starts, including a 1.78 ERA in June.
Sox trade speculation was beginning to pick up this weekend, with the Brewers rumored to join a list of Quintana suitors that reportedly has included the Yankees, Astros and Braves.
Sox manager Rick Renteria said he was trying not to focus on it potentially being Quintana’s last start in a Sox uniform.
“I’m trying not to give it any thought,” he said. “He went out in obviously a very difficult park and was able to do a very nice job and limited damage against a very good hitting ballclub.”
Quintana isn’t the only one staring down potential trades, but Renteria said he hasn’t had many conversations with players about the possibility.
“We talk about what we’re going to do today, more about our daily routine and what we’re trying to do as a club,” Renteria said. “We really don’t get on those topics. I’m not opposed to it if they want to talk to me about it, but they are focused on playing baseball and doing what they can to secure a good performance and help the team win.”
Garcia better: Renteria said Avisail Garcia was doing “very, very well” in his recovery from a sprained middle finger on his right hand.
Garcia, who is slated to play in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday, was out of the starting lineup Friday and Saturday. But Renteria said he expected him to play Sunday and might pinch-hit Saturday.
In the minors: First-round draft pick Jake Burger made his low Class A Kannapolis debut Friday night at third base and went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The No. 11 overall pick was promoted after playing in four Arizona Rookie League games.