After throwing eight innings of one-run ball and leaving down, 1-0, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz went into the clubhouse knowing everything else was out of his control.

All he could do was flop down on the couch and watch how the last inning played out Thursday night at Fenway Park.

He had been locked in a staredown with White Sox rookie starter Jose Quintana, and neither wanted to flinch.

Quintana retired his first eight batters before giving up a triple to Pedro Ciriaco, then retired 11 straight after that.

Buchholz, in his second start since coming off the disabled list after being sidelined by esophagitis, struck out six White Sox, catching four of them looking.

They went inning for inning, essentially fighting to a draw, but even Buchholz had to tip his cap to Quintana.

"The other guy threw a better game," he said.