Sox avoid sweep with 10-inning win
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[June 24, 2016]
BOSTON -- Craig Kimbrel pitched
out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the top of the 10th inning
and Xander Bogaerts singled home the winner in the bottom half as
the Boston Red Sox averted a four-game sweep with a wild 8-7 win
over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
The White Sox were gunning for their first four-game sweep at
Fenway Park since 1927 and handed the game away both offensive and
After Kimbrel (1-3) performed his magic act, striking out the last
two hitters, Marco Hernandez led off the bottom of the 10th with a
walk against Matt Purke (0-1) and was forced at second by Mookie
Betts. Dustin Pedroia worked a 3-2 walk and Bogaerts ended the game
by dropping his fourth career walk-off hit into short right-center
Jose Abreu cracked a three-run homer to give the White Sox a 7-5
lead in the seventh, but the Red Sox scored single runs in the
seventh, eighth and 10th to escape with a win before heading out on
It was only the third two-inning effort of Kimbrel's career, the
first since April 21, 2011, and the win was his first in four
decisions with his new team.
The White Sox also had the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth
and didnít score against Heath Hembree.
The Red Sox had first and second with nobody out in the ninth
against David Robertson, who then struck out two of the next three
hitters to escape.
The White Sox tried to gift-wrap the game, allowing Boston to score
five runs in the sixth and seventh innings despite having one hit
reach the outfield.
Chicago starter James Shields, coming off four dreadful outings,
pitched into the sixth inning and left with a 4-1 lead that the
White Sox blew with shaky relief pitching and even shakier defense.
Key throwing errors by Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier helped the
Boston cause. After the Abreu homer, pinch-hitter Travis Shaw, who
didn't start because of a shin contusion, delivered a long sacrifice
fly in the seventh and Pedroia tied it with an RBI single in the
Rick Porcello started for the Red Sox, but for the fifth time in his
last six starts didn't get a decision. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3
Red Sox left fielder Chris Young was helped off the field
in the second inning with a right hamstring injury suffered while
rounding first base.
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Red Sox shortstop Marco Hernandez (41) nearly collides into Chicago
White Sox catcher Alex Avila (31) as he touches home plate to score
during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M.
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Young, the regular left fielder with both Brock Holt and Blake
Swihart on the disabled list, lined a single off the left-field wall
against Shields. Young was able to make his way back to first base
and then set on the field with his right leg stretched up in front
of him. He was helped off the field by manager John Farrell and
athletic trainer Brad Pearson.
NOTES: Red Sox 3B Travis Shaw was out of the lineup with a right
shin contusion but pinch hit in the seventh inning and stayed in the
game to play left field. He had played in 126 straight games, the
longest Red Sox streak since Dustin Pedroia played in 148 in a row
in 2011-12. ... Boston C Ryan Hanigan (neck) was set to begin a
rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday night, working
first as a DH only until he's ready to catch. ... LHP Carlos Rodon,
2-6 but 2-2 in his last four starts, opens the White Sox's
three-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night
as Chicago begins a stretch of 12 of 15 games at home. ... LHP David
Price, who has had less success pitching in Arlington than anywhere
else, opens the Red Sox's three-game series against the Rangers on
Friday. He is 3-2 with a stadium-worst 6.54 ERA in the regular
season there and 4-7 overall against the Rangers counting postseason
play. ... 3B Todd Frazier's 21st home run of the year on Wednesday
set a White Sox record for homers by a third baseman before the
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