Red Sox lose in overtime again, fall to White Sox 3-1


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The Red Sox are 0-6 in overtime this season.

Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu (79) makes it home safe against Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez on Luis Robert’s single in the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Boston . (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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BOSTON (AP) — José Abreu scored a brace in the 10th after the White Sox tied an inning earlier, helping Chicago beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Saturday at windy Fenway Park for its fifth straight victory.

Leury García hit two singles and a sacrificial fly in the ninth for the White Sox (13-13), which hit .500 for the first time since April 21.

“We really worked to win this game,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “They did too, but we really worked and were rewarded. Throughout the game we just tried to push. … The team was rewarded for their efforts, that makes them even more special.

Rafael Devers had an RBI double for Boston, which lost 13 of 17 games. The Red Sox have lost six straight series.

Boston manager Alex Cora was ejected by plate umpire Carlos Torres for arguing after Trevor Story was called on strike.

Abreu led in auto-runner AJ Pollock and Luis Robert followed with an RBI single against Matt Barnes (0-3).

Reynaldo López (4-0) worked two scoreless relief innings and Liam Hendricks got three out for his ninth save.

The Red Sox spoiled a strong start by Jake Pivetta, who went six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks, allowing five singles.

Chicago tied on García’s volley against Hansel Robles after Jake Burger walked and advanced on Adam Engel’s double inside the third base bag.

“This kind of match is what we need to gain confidence,” Robert said through an interpreter. “We had a really difficult month of April. To win these kinds of games, our hope is in place, our confidence is in place, everything is in place.

Boston didn’t score after getting runners at second and third with one out at ninth. Bobby Dalbec fanned himself before Story came out and got booed.

“We had a chance to finish the game ninth,” Cora said after his side fell 0-6 in extra games. “We haven’t made contact with less than two withdrawals and that’s it. Where we are right now, every chance we have, we have to take advantage of it.

White Sox starter Dylan Cease allowed one run on four hits in five innings, striking out eight and walking three. In his previous start, he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and stoking 11.

“It means a lot,” Cease said of the win. “It was just one of those games that we had to fight. Doing it late shows that we haven’t given up.

Devers lined up his shot on the Green Monster against Cease the next pitch after tripping on a high, tight fastball at mph.

The game started with winds blowing from the center at 25 mph, gusting to 35, and it knocked down many flyballs, making some an adventure.

Boston’s Franchy Cordero hit a drive with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph to the right – the second-hardest ball hit by a Red Sox player at that time this season – and she backtracked, ending up be a shallow exit.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada, who started the season on the injured list with a strained right oblique, could return on Monday. He is currently in rehab with Triple-A Charlotte.

Red Sox: CF Kiké Hernández was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list a day after being listed there and outfielder Jarren Duran was returned to Triple-A.

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Cora climbed out of the dugout, his large jacket falling to the floor as he went out to argue with Torres after Story swung away upset on a borderline fastball.

MORE WINDS ARE BLOWING

García hit a routine fly for which left fielder Alex Verdugo rushed, making a diving offer before he went down for a hit.

Boston 2B Story lined up in the shallow right ready to catch a pop, but had to rush into foul territory to grab it.

“It was an adventure,” La Russa said. “I’m sure it was entertaining for the fans watching the big leaguers. You saw how quickly they started making adjustments. … The cold and the blowing wind make attacks difficult.

NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 8.40 ERA) looks to end a three-game personal losing streak for the White Sox in Sunday’s series finale with a first pitch scheduled for 11:35 a.m. RHP Michael Wacha ( 3-0, 1.38) is set for Boston. He’s allowed two or fewer runs, going over five innings in each of his last four starts.



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