Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3 (10)
July, 10, 2014
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox were limited to only three hits, but that's all they needed to close out this current homestand with a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday at Fenway Park.
It was Boston's second walk-off win in as many games as Mike Carp's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Daniel Nava for the winning run. Earlier in the game, White Sox starter Jose Quintana appeared unhittable.
In fact, the left-hander held the Red Sox at bay and was perfect through five innings, but that's when his luck ran out and Boston created some timely offense.
With the Red Sox trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Stephen Drew and David Ross drew back-to-back walks before Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped Quintana's no-hit bid with an RBI single to right field. Then, with two outs in the sixth, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz provided a two-run, opposite-field double to give Boston a 3-1 lead.
Quintana pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 111 pitches, 71 of them for strikes.
Oh, and Red Sox starter Jon Lester was pretty good, too. Boston's southpaw worked seven strong innings and allowed one run on seven hits, with zero walks and 12 strikeouts. Lester tossed 105 pitches, 76 of them strikes, and had to settle for a no-decision.
The only run Lester allowed came in the top of the first inning when Chicago's Jose Abreu provided an RBI double. Lester settled in after that, and then Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa worked a perfect 1-2-3 eighth inning.
With the Red Sox holding a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, Chicago's Alexei Ramirez hit a chopper to the right side of the infield to lead off the inning. Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli ranged to his right, made the play and flipped the ball to Koji Uehara.
It appeared Uehara got there in time before Ramirez reached the bag, and first-base umpire Cory Blaser made the out call. However, White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged the play, and after a two-minute delay, the call was overturned and Ramirez was safe.
That proved crucial.
Chicago pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run homer when he crushed a 1-0 offering from Uehara and deposited it into the right-field seats.
In the bottom of the 10th, Nava drew a leadoff walk, before Mookie Betts dropped a sacrifice bunt to put Nava in scoring position. Drew was intentionally walked before Carp provided the heroics for the win.
This is the first time the Red Sox have won back-to-back games since beating the New York Yankees on June 28-29.