The Red Sox beat the White Sox, 4-3, in the 10th inning of their 10-game homestand finale Thursday afternoon for their second consecutive walk-off win and eighth of the season.
Andrew Miller got the win, with a scoreless 10th.
White Sox righthander Ronald Belisario took the loss, allowing Daniel Nava to score the winning run (for the second straight game) on pinch-hitter Mike Carp’s second career walk-off RBI.
Jon Lester was once again superb, and the Red Sox offense waited out White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana, who had a perfect game going into the sixth inning. Koji Uehara faltered in the ninth, for his second blown save of the season, setting up the extra-inning win.
Nava pinch-hitting for Jonny Gomes led off the 10th with a walk, went to second on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice bunt. And after an intentional walk to Stephen Drew, scored on Carp’s grounder to left field.
Lester went seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts. He was not involved in the decision, as he lowered his ERA from 2.73 to 2.65.
The lone run Lester allowed came in the first inning, when Chicago sent five batters to the plate. Adam Eaton led off with a single, scoring on Jose Abreu’s one-out double.
Before the game went into extra innings, the Sox had just two hits in the game, and four baserunners, all in the sixth inning. Quintana stymied the Sox offense up till that point in the game, when Stephen Drew led off with a walk to break up the perfect game. Drew also broke up a no-hitter by the Cubs Jake Arrieta on June 29, the start of the 10-game homestand, with a two-out single in the eighth.
David Ross followed Drew with a walk and Jackie Bradley’s single to right scored Drew to tie the game. After Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia grounded out, David Ortiz’s double off the wall scored two runs, giving the Sox the lead.
Koji Uehara entered in the ninth to protect a two-run lead. But Alexei Ramirez beat out an infield single to open the inning, and after Paul Konerko was called out on strikes, pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie wrapped a home run around the Pesky Pole to tie the game.
But the Sox’ extra-inning dramatics got the win in the final home game before the All-Star break.
MVP: Mike Carp
Since being activated from the disabled list on Monday, Carp had been 0-for-2 in pinch hit appearances. But, the third time proved to be the charm for him. With one out in the 10th inning, Mike Carp delivered a pinch-hit single to left field, scoring Daniel Nava with the winning run. It was his second career walk-off RBI
It was his 11th career RBI in 62 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.
GOAT: Ronald Belisario
Belisario gave up the winning run for the White Sox second straight walk-off loss to the Red Sox. He faced five batters in the ninth and 10th innings, recording just two outs, before giving up a pinch-hit game winning single to Carp, who went to the plate hitting just .208 with six RBI this season.
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton made a tremendous catch on a David Ortiz flyball to end the fourth inning. Ortiz stayed on the field to show his respect as Eaton, who managed to avoid a collision with right fielder Moises Sierra, ran off the field.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It’d be nice to go into Houston and play well and go into the All-Star break giving the front office something to think about.” – Sox catcher David Ross.
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
The win was the Red Sox’ second consecutive walk-off and eighth of the season. All three of the Sox wins on the just-completed 10-game homestand came in walk-off fashion…The Sox had just three hits in the game, their fewest in a win since a 3-1 in over the Rays on Aug. 16, 2011, when they also had three hits…This was the second time in the homestand that an opposing pitcher carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Jake Arrieta did so in the first game on June 30. Stephen Drew’s two-out single in the eighth broke that up…Drew broke up Jose Quintana’s perfect game with a lead-off walk in the sixth. His intentional walk in the 10th was his first since Sept. 4, 2013, against the Tigers…Jackie Bradley broke up Quintana’s no-hit bid with a sixth-inning single, scoring Drew…In his last 16 games, Bradley is batting .283, going 15-for-53, with hits in 12 games…In his last seven games, David Ortiz his hitting .370, going 10-for-27 with six doubles and six RBI…Daniel Nava has reached base in three straight plate appearances as a pinch-hitter after drawing a lead-off walk in the 10th. He scored the game-winning run on Carp’s pinch-hit single…In his last four starts, Lester is 1-0 with a 0.88 ERA allowing three earned runs in 30 2/3 innings, with four walks and 29 strikeouts…Koji Uehara suffered his second blown save of the season, giving up a two-run home run to Conor Gillaspie in the 10th. Gillaspie now has four home runs this season, including one each in the last three games against the Red Sox. Uehara has given up six home runs this season, five in day games.
WHAT IT MEANS:
With wins in the last two games, the Sox were able to salvage a 3-7 record on their 10-game homestand. While it is still far from where they would like it to be, it gives them a measure of respectability and momentum as head out for the final series of the first half, with three games in Houston against the Astros, who are one of just two American League teams who entered play on Thursday with lower winning percentages than the Sox. A sweep or taking two of three from the lowly Astros could give the Sox something positive to take into the break.
Righthander John Lackey will start the series in Houston at 8:10 p.m. Friday. Scott Feldman will start for the Astros.
Lackey will be making his fourth career start against the Astros, third while with the Sox. In his last outing at Minute Maid Park he went six innings, giving up two runs. In his last 12 innings against Houston, he has allowed three runs in 12 innings.
In his last outing against the Sox, Sept. 27 while with the Orioles, Feldman gave up eight runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. In six starts since June 1 he has gone 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA, while his last three outings have been quality starts.